Celebrating Lloyd Triestino In Trieste

Famed Italian shipping line Lloyd Triestino is feted in an outstanding exhibit curated by Maurizio Eliseo and Nicolo Capus at an historic Trieste locale.

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Centrale Idrodinamica in Porto Vecchio, Trieste.

Italian maritime historian, author and Renaissance Man Maurizio Eliseo’s dream of staging a massive exhibit celebrating Lloyd Triestino has finally been realized. After twelve years of working with collaborator Nicolo Capus and gathering precious materials from the Trieste-based shipping line’s archives as well as working with city authorities,”Lloyd, Le Navi Di Trieste Nel Mondo (Trieste And Its Ships Round The World)” opened on 26 March of this year.

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Exhibit Entry.

I had the pleasure and honor of joining Eliseo for a private tour of the exhibit earlier this month. Anyone with even the slightest interest in ships, the sea, classic advertising art, Trieste, and/or quadruple expansion steam machinery would do themselves a great favor by seeking out this exhibit.

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At the entrance, a model of 1931 flagship MV VICTORIA, ranked by many as one of the most beautiful passenger ships ever built.

Lloyd Triestino was originally founded in 1836 as Osterreichischer Lloyd, the Austro-Hungarian empire’s main shipping line with routes to six of seven continents (excluding Antarctica). The company is often credited for putting Trieste on the world map by fostering its growth as a major trading port and shipbuilding center.

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Sculptures and friezes still adorn the former Lloyd Triestino headquarters in Piazza Unita D’Italia, also commonly called Piazza Triestino.

In 1919, when Trieste became part of Italy, the line took on the name it held through 2006, when its Taiwanese owners renamed it Italia Marittima. Lloyd Triestino stopped carrying passengers in 1977 but went on to become one of the world’s leading container shipping companies.

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Quadruple expansion engines.

Also in the exhibit is a massive, beautifully restored quadruple expansion steam power plant that is similar to those installed in some of the ships of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

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Sculpture “Chimera Alata” by Marcello Mascherini.

There are beautifully displayed advertising materials, brochures, original artwork for menu covers, posters and programs and even uniforms from the line’s early days. Some of the most impressive pieces include artworks culled from the ships, themselves, including a pair of magnificent bronze works by the renowned Marcello Mascherini, created for the GALILEO GALILEI of 1963.

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Bridge of 1953 VICTORIA reassembled.

Another “wow” factor is the reassembled bridge from the second VICTORIA of 1953, which ended its days as the Christian missionary ship ANASTASIS on the beach of Alang, India in 2007.

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Actual bridge of MV ANASTASIS (ex VICTORIA) at the scrapyard in 2007.

As the ship was being dismantled, Eliseo bought the main steering station, the compasses and a pair of brass telegraphs with the goal of putting them all back together in Trieste.

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Curator Maurizio Eliseo with model of 1953 VICTORIA.

In addition to spectacular builder’s models of liners like the first and second VICTORIAs, the AUSTRALIA and the GALILEO GALILEI, there are also line drawings of every ship to sail under the Lloyd Triestino banner.

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Model of 1953 VICTORIA.

Through his books, models and even  a myriad of spaces he’s designed for many of today’s cruise ships, Eliseo has set the industry’s gold standard. Those who know his work will surely be impressed and those who do not are in for a wonderful treat. ”Lloyd, Le Navi Di Trieste Nel Mondo” will remain open through October 9, 2016. For more information, please click here.

And for more information on Italian Liners in general, please visit Maurizio Eliseo and Nicolo Capus’ Italian Liners website

Very special thanks: Maurizio Eliseo, Nicolo Capus

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 www.midshipcentury.com 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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