On the track of the Hvar African fishing fleet.
Around 150 years ago, Tomažo Bonaparte, a Hvar ship-owner, went looking for sardines and arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa, not far from the African coast.
After they heard about the successful fishing there, other Hvar ship-owners followed in his footsteps in the years that followed. The sailboat fleet sailed to Lampedusa every year, until autumn 1905 when the last Hvar sailboat "Giorgio", captained by Frano Maroević from Stari Grad returned to the island of Hvar. On Lampedusa, they organized sardine fishing, salted them and put them into wooden barrels transporting them in their ships to Black Sea ports and the eastern Mediterranean, where they sold them and returned to the island loaded mainly with corn. Some of them remained on Lampedusa and their descendants still live there.
The expedition made by Hvar's inhabitants, archaeologist Branko Kirigin, winemaker Andro Tomić, painter Darko Šoša, photograph Marko Vodanović and Aldo Čavić, Stari Grad City Museum head-curator will, in 2012, retrace Hvar’s African fleet where they will be joined by Stipe Božić and Joško Bojić who will make a documentary.
It is the second expedition by the same team who, in the April 2003 organized the already legendry Ekspediciju Faros-Paros-Faros. . This time they will sail in a renovated 1929 sailing, the „Bente Dorte“, whose captains and owners are Rebecca and Krešimir Vidas.