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 Sailing Ship and Steamship Models

Head: Msc. Nikša Mendeš, senior curator

The Collection of Models consists of 90 items. The collection has been fully inventoried and entered into a computer database. It consists of models of sailing ships of both long distance and coastal navigation, passenger steamships, cargo and motor ships. The largest part of the collection is situated in the storeroom, whilst some of the items are on display in the exhibition area of the museum. The origins of the museum are set in the period before World War II when the citizens of Sušak, at the invitation of the director of the City Museum Ivan Sveško, donated models of sailing and motor ships.
The models are made primarily of wood, whilst the models of steam and motor ships are made from a combination of wood, brass and plastic materials. As part of the preventive protection the models are regularly cleaned, and according to requirements conservation-restoration procedures are also carried out.
The value of the collection is immeasurable for the maritime and shipbuilding affairs of Rijeka and the Croatian Littoral because in an educative and accessible way for all ages it documents shipbuilding and maritime affairs of the Kvarner region, but it also places them in the European context because it contains models of sailing ships from the 19th century which sailed around the world in the period from 1850 to 1910 commanded by local captains.
Also presented in the collection are some of the most important examples of sailing ships from the 12th century to the end of the 19th century of this region, such as the brig Splendido, the barque Contessa Hilda, an Uskok rowing boat, a mediaeval sailing ship from Krk, the barque Grad Karlovac and others.