The Topo

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The Topo

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The Topo (1) is one of the traditional boats of the Venetian area, very used in the high Adriatic seas. They were also seen in Romagna and in the port of Cesenatico, coming from Chioggia and Goro.

Among the fishing boats, the Topo is one of the oldest which hasn't changed in terms of characteristics and proportions. The length could be between six and ten metres and the framework had one mast and only one vela al terzo (2).

Recognised by the sleek prow, the Topo was a very agile boat, easy to construct. It had a moon shaped bottom linked from prow to stern, and the hull was adaptable to rowing. The moon shaped bottom allowed the boat to easily get free if it ran aground.

Due to its small size, the space in the boat was organized in a very rational way, to guarantee good living conditions. Its characteristics made the boat suitable for trawl fishing, with the partial deck allowing the best use of the available space.

The name of the Topo of the  Museo della Marineria (Seamanship Museum) of Cesenatico moored in the canal harbour, is "Cristina" and was built in Chioggia in the shipyard of Duilio Varangiolo in 1950. It is 9.36 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. The hull is black with a white border and it has "occhi" (eyes) in the prow. The vela al terzo has a black moccolo (candle end) and a yellow ring on a red background.

A. Cocchi

Trad.: A. Sturmer


1) Typical boat for use in the Venetian lagoons.

2) A type of fore-and-aft rigged sail. These sails are set along the line of the keel rather than perpendicular to it.



Tags:A. Cocchi, A. Sturmer, topo, boat, fishing, tourism, .

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Ugo Bertotti. Topo. 1992.Jpeg illustration jpg from the original watercolour and coloured pencil drawing.


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