Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral

Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeka

The Collection of Ships’ Logs, Drawings and Documents

Msc. Nikša Mendeš, MA, senior curator

The collection contains 700 items. It consists of ships’ logbooks, seamen’s books, travel permits, charters, honours, crew lists, ship drawings and documents connected to the production of torpedoes etc. The whole collection is currently situated in the storeroom of the maritime history department. The material consists mostly of paper items.
The Collection of Ships’ Logs, Drawings and Documents contains some very significant items which have historical and documentary value especially important to the shipping of the Croatian Littoral and Kvarner.
Worthy of mentioning are; the ship’s logbook of the sailing ship Stefano, a Rijeka sailing ship which was shipwrecked close to Australia in 1876 (it is important because of the story about the surviving sailors who lived amongst the Aborigines), the ship’s log of the school boat Vila Velebita, the documents of Josip Sinčić first engineer of the boat Vila Velebita, which are important for the history of Rijeka and Bakar, the firman of the Turkish Sultan sailor Juraj Medanić from Kostrena, written in Arabic, a request for the awarding of a prize from Austrian Archduke Maximilian to captain Anton Celestina Ivančić from Mali Lošinj, from 1859, and many other documents important for the maritime past of the Northern Adriatic, but also because of the links between sailors of the Croatian Littoral with Dalmatia, Istria and overseas.