Trieste’s ‘Museo del Mare’ could not start without a tribute to La Barcolana, the renowned international regatta, which takes place every year on the second Sunday in October.
The museum’s display ranges from the most modern custom-built yachts to a rare specimen of ‘zopolo’, an ancient local dugout canoe called “Lisa”. There is only one other surviving specimen in the world of this Mediterranean type of vessel, which is made by hollowing out a single log.
One whole room is dedicated to Joseph Ressel, the forester from Bohemia who, almost by chance, invented the first ship’s screw propeller while working in Trieste, at a time when the Adriatic was very much part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The collection of ancient nautical instruments is one of the museum’s most prestigious sections and comprises some ancient cross-staffs, as well as the original wireless key used by Guglielmo Marconi — this was part of the first machine in human history which managed to transmit information through the ether.
Visitors can be seen models of the most prestigious cruise liners in history in each room.
Wonderful naval models like this, built in such minute detail, were no hobby: they were
commissioned to convince shipping companies to invest. These techniques were forerunners of present-day 3D renderings.
Rowing has been established in Trieste since its beginnings and this boat delivered the first Olympic gold in the discipline. Whereas, this rough cannon ball is what remains of what was launched by the French fleet when they attempted to conquer the city during the Napoleonic Wars. Vintage relief models illustrate the once world-leading shipyards of the upper Adriatic, whereas, opposite, there is a unique collection of dioramas about fishing, used to explain the ancient techniques of the Adriatic, among a large and varied number of fishing boat models.
Comune di Trieste
Video by TCD
With the contribution of Friuli Venezia Giulia