(Another of the handful of spare Venice posts)

Moored alongside the Punta della Dogana, or sometimes sailing in the lagoon, you might well find Il Nuovo Trionfo, The New Triumph.

Even with my lifetime spent beside the sea, I’ve very little experience of sailing.  My local yacht club was just that, a base for yachts, and the nearby marina was full of more of these vessels and an equal number of small motorised fishing boats.

At the other extreme I’ve seen tall ships; moored along the quayside in Newcastle during the Tall Ships Race, or permanently aground like the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.

Nowhere have I seen anything quite like Il Nuovo Trionfo.

Which is strange because it’s a lugger, once widely used as a fishing boat around the UK and the Mediterranean.  This particular vessel is the last sailing on the Italian side of the Adriatic.  How appropriate that it should find a home in the city that was one of the world’s great sea powers.



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