Seafaring in Ulqini
Ulqini is a town with a long
and rich maritime and merchant tradition. The peak of seafaring was in
17th 18th and 19th centuries. Ulqinis own merchant marine traded between
the large ports and trading centers of the Adriatic, Levant and
Mediterranean. They shipped whit to Venice, Istria and Trieste, wool to
Genoa, tobacco into several Adriatic ports and so on.
Under the Turks (1571-1880) the merchant marine of Ulqini was the main
pillar of the Ottoman Empire in the Adriatic. In the times of need the
port also used Ulqins ships for purpose of war, especially in battles
against their rival Venice.However, the brave and skilled sailors of
Ulqini would not obey the state authorities of Turkey explicitly. Ulqini
was more like a small republic.
According to Baldacci, in the 17th century Ulqins fleet had 500
two-masters sailing across the whole Mediterranean. The inhabitants of the
town were skilled sailors and good shipbuilders.
The French consul in Shkodra, Hecquard, wrote that Ulqini had a shipyard
that could build ships 100 to 200 tons. Besides local builders, the best
known of whom were Hus Omeri, Usta Osman Beqiri, Sali Maloja and Adem
Tivari, shipbuilders from Dubrovnic and Korçula worked here.
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