The exhibition “Land in Sight - Austria on the Long Way” in the House of the Austrian Mint in Vienna brings the almost forgotten time of the 19th century back to life, when Austria had a large fleet in the Adriatic. The collection, which deals with the civilian aspects of the war fleet, features ship models, documents, letters, photos, posters and more.
One focus of the exhibition are documents from the Austrian Lloyd Triest, which was founded in 1833 and owned 24 mail ships until 1848, which regularly sailed the routes to Italy, Greece, Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean.
Other elements of the collection document the legendary circumnavigation of the 50-meter-long three-masted barque “Novara” in 1857. Maximilian, the brother of Emperor Franz Joseph, had the war vehicle equipped for an expedition ship and sailed around the world for two years for scientific studies and commercial contacts.
The exhibition is open until February 3rd on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Wednesdays until 6:00 p.m., in the Austrian Mint, Am Heumarkt 1. Catalog and admission are free.