Trieste’s Maritime Treasures

MaritimeMatters is delighted to share an exclusive report from Maurizio Eliseo, our maritime associate in Trieste, Italy…

Few people may know that the old port of Trieste, Italy, still has many treasures to be discovered.  Recently, the restoration and the opening of the Hydrodynamic Central of 1891 has been successfully completed.  This amazing plant pressurized sea water to power all the cranes, elevators and other devices of the old port through pipes running through four miles of underground tunnels.  Since the eve of the Great War,  it provided electrical power and remained in service until the early 1970s.  Although the huge arched tunnels and the underground workers’ city are not open to the public yet (there are even saunas used by the workers), the heart of the system, which includes six cylindrical marine boilers and four triple-expansion steam engines dating from 1891, along with the beautiful building containing them, is at last accessible to the public.  This is the first of many buildings that will be restored.

The crankshaft has made over 5 million revolutions! Photo © Maurizio Eliseo
Photo © Maurizio Eliseo
Photo © Maurizio Eliseo
Photo © Maurizio Eliseo

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Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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