Torpedo From 1900 Found Near Ugljan Arrives in Rijeka

Lauren Simmonds

A piece of history synonymous with Rijeka has arrived in town.

As Morski writes on the 23rd of March, 2018, Rijeka’s City Museum has been working alongside the Ministry of Defense, the Croatian Army and the Navy, as well as with the Croatian police for the acquisition of new items for the Technical Collection of the Museum for several years, and owing to that special effort, Rijeka has received a valuable new exhibit which is synonymous with the increasingly popular town located on the Northern Adriatic, according to a report from the Fiuman portal.

Since 2015, the Rijeka Museum has housed a permanent exhibition on the theme of Rijeka’s famous torpedo, for which the museum managed to obtain the use of a former railway warehouse. In recent days, the same museum took over the use of another similar, neighbouring warehouse that will allow adequate space for the exhibition of yet more new items of interest. As far as the case for Rijeka 2020 goes, there will then be a representative exhibition that showcases the famous torpedo as the greatest and most significant part of Rijeka’s forward-thinking advancements in the fields of both science and technology, as has been emphasised from the museum itself.

Another one of the torpedoes of Rijeka’s production dates back to about 1900 (A68x45x450), which was discovered and carefully lifted out of the sea by Zadar’s special police back in December 2017. The impressive torpedo in question is a well-preserved specimen without explosive charge, and was likely originally produced for the Italian Navy.

The torpedo was discovered near the island of Ugljan, between Kukljica and Kali, in the Zadar region. Over the past period, it sat just as uselessly as it did at the bottom of the sea on the property of the Zadar police administration, before the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia made a decision on the torpedo’s temporary storage at the Museum of the City of Rijeka for restoration and eventual exhibition to the public and other interested parties.

The systematic collection of new examples, aside from hugely enriching the permanent exhibition of the Rijeka torpedo in itself – otherwise the very first in the world, will encourage and further enable more visitors to the museum, and expand people’s knowledge of the city and its history, as well as the enormously important role the creation of the torpedo had upon the world and the military as we know it today.


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