The 12th Split Boat Show officially opened today and is another 7 days of luxury, glamor, happenings…right in down town Split. I covered the boat show last year so I was not interested in coming this time as most of the boats are similar or I have no interest in them. All that plastic does nothing to me 🙂
That’s why I wanted to have my own Split Boat Show the way it was almost century ago although the sights like these fully disappeared not more than 50 years. Well, the tradition of small, private boats is still holding at Matejuška and although new and polished, it is still very charming.
Back in the old days, Riva was the place where people from the islands would carry their merchandise, wine, olive oil, fire wood… Of course, without the ferries, they relied on their old braceras and bigger vessels like logers and similar. Every day was “boat show” of wooden beauties, islanders in their traditional costumes. Probably the scent of fish brodetto was in the air as well…
Other side of Riva was for more industrial operations and for bigger ships coming from abroad. The harbor of Split is now known for heavy passenger traffic but back in the late 19th century (and well before), this was a harbor primarily known for shipping local produce. This was also a very important harbor for shipping all sorts of products from Bosnia as well coming down the ancient roads of Hercegovina to Imotski and further south.
Now Obala Lazareta – in the memory of wonderful historic Lazaret bombed to ruins in WW2 – this part of Split harbor was known for centuries as Mletačka obala or Venetian coast.
But ships not only docked here, they were also built in numerous Split shipyards. In these hard times when the existence of shipbuilding in Split is seriously threatened, it is nice to at least remember the times when the ships were built in the very harbor.
Here are some more nostalgic images of Split from the turn of the century. Enjoy this very different “boat show”!