February 12, 2008 ,

The exhibition organised by Fincantieri to celebrate the centenary of the foundation of Monfalcone shipyard (3rd April 1908), the largest of the eight yards in the Group.

Occupying an area of 1,600 square metres within the shipyard, the exhibition, describes the main events since 1908 up to yard’s position of excellence today. Along the exhibition’s pathway visitors can admire models, photographs, memorabilia and clips from the film archives of the RAI colleciton.

The multimedia exhibition comprises four sections. The first, (1908-1918), describes the origins of the shipyard, from its foundation by the Cosulich brothers to the annexation of the region Venezia Giulia to the Kingdom of Italy at the end of the First World War. The second, (1919-1945), deals with events between the two wars, a phase during which the yard expanded considerably and built some of the transatlantic liners which went on to make up the history of seafaring. The third, (1945-1990), covers the years from the end of WW2 up to the delivery, in 1990, of the first cruise ship. The last section, (1990-2008), is devoted to the leadership Fincantieri has gained in the cruise shipbuilding sector and the 24 ships built at Monfalcone shipyard. The exhibition closes with Monfalcone shipyard today: the “Ventura”.

Several of the items on display are highly important, as the altarpiece by Ugo Carà which decorated one of the salons of the motorship “Giulio Cesare” (the first Italian transatlantic liner after WW2, delivered in 1951) or the scale model of the seaplane “Cant”. The exhibition also includes reconstructions of the interiors of ocean lliners and a motorboat, the “Bora”, built by the yard in the 1960s and now fully restored.


designed while working for Sintesi/HUB