The ship will have a role in the training of future seafarers.
After the Tourism Ministry approved a grant in the amount of almost 700,000 kunas, the Loger Nerezinac project has been financially covered. It includes the reconstruction of an old wooden sailboat, which will be moored next year next to the Apoxyomenos Museum in Mali Lošinj, reports Poslovni.hr on December 11, 2017.
In addition to the Ministry, the 1.5 million kuna project has been supported by Primorje-Gorski Kotar County with 90,000 euros from EU funds and the Town of Mali Lošinj, which is the project manager. However, the realisation of the reconstruction of sailing ship, which transported sand to Venice 120 years ago, is first of all the result of efforts made by a group of friends from Lošinj, who joined forces six years ago to save the ship.
“We have decided to reconstruct the ship for tourism and educational purposes. After the reconstruction, which is being done at the Lošinj shipyard under the supervision of conservators, the ship will be in sailing condition and will serve as a tourist attraction, for the presentation of the town of Lošinj, but also for the possible education of students of the seafaring school,” explained Ferdinand Zorović, the coordinator and one of the initiators of the project.
Loger is a type of cargo ship used to transport wood, lime, sand and other cargo. Although there used to be many similar boats in the northern Adriatic, there is only one known surviving ship, the Loger Nerezinac. It is assumed to have been built around 1880, but there is no accurate information about it.
Loger Nerezinac is one of 46 projects which have been granted funds as part of the Public Tourist Infrastructure Development Programme for 2017, totalling nearly 20 million kunas, which will be invested in beaches, visitor centres and interpretation centres. The money is part of the Tourism Fund, which gains revenue from concession fees and sale of land on the basis of the Law on Tourism Land. The minimum grant amount is 100,000 kunas for visitors’ and interpretation centres, as well as public tourist infrastructure projects, and 200,000 kunas for beach development projects.
The Ministry has funded 22 beach projects this year, including beaches in Starigrad (Kulina), Nin (Ždrijac), Baška Voda and many others. As for other projects, the Ministry granted 630,000 kunas to the Future Museum in Karlovac, 700,000 kunas to the “Drava Gold Diggers” interpretation centre in the Donji Vidovec municipality, and half a million kuna for Kamačnik in the Town of Vrbovsko.
Translated from Poslovni.hr.