On August 10th, 1979, a former Sealink passenger ferry called “The Duke of Lancaster" was beached at Llanerch-y-Mor in North Wales with the intention of turning it into a floating leisure and retail complex called The Fun Ship but the project never achieved it’s full potential due to many long running legal disputes with the local council.
The DOL was to transform the ship into the largest open air art gallery in the UK. August 2012, the Latvian graffiti artist "Kiwie" was commissioned to spraypaint a design on the ship. The ship is slowly being covered with graffiti described as "bright and surreal".The first phase of the project saw Kiwie and other European graffiti artists paint murals on the ship between August and November 2012, and the second phase (starting at the end of March 2013) included the work of British-based artists such as Snub23, Spacehop, Dan Kitchener and Dale Grimshaw.One of the artworks is a picture of the ship's first captain, John 'Jack' Irwin
The duke of Lancaster is most certainly worth a visit to see this landlocked and controversial ship. you cant get to close as its in a secure location, we did however talk to the guard who was friendly and chatty and provided us with information the ship and couple of booklets about the ongoing dispute the council. a really interesting story, I hope the plan go through with this unique project.
all photos we took were with a 35mm lens due to the low light
worth visiting the duke of Lancaster web site--www.dukeoflancaster.net