...more assorted musings from Trieste; Steam Train Museum, dioramas, WW1 Sea-planes and the Yacht-club


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Trieste, model, steam, Trains, WW1, sea-planes, travel, holiday, beach, party, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, ATP tennis, marina, truffles, tartufi.A walk from
the train station
along the sea-front
will take you
past the
Trieste Yacht Club.




Trieste, model, steam, Trains, WW1, sea-planes, travel, holiday, beach, party, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, ATP tennis, marina, truffles, tartufi.This club is well worth a visit
for lovers of yachts
and all things nautical,
as besides the yottie atmosphere,
it has a restaurant with views
across the marina to
the Adriatic - with beautiful sunsets.


For a list of the local regattas in the 2012 season, click here.






A quick scan of the list reveals an interestingly named regatta; the 'Baron Banfield Trophy'.

Banfield being an English name makes this yet another curiousity to add to the list!

The trophy in question is named after Gottfried von Banfield, known as the 'Eagle of Trieste', being probably the only flying ace to fly a flying boat fighter to nine or more victories.

The Banfields were of Irish descent.

Gottfried von Banfield's grandfather, Thomas, was an officer in the British army, who married an Austrian noblewoman, and died following the taking of Sevastopol during the Crimea War.

Thomas' son Richard Banfield, was born in Vienna in 1836, educated in Austria, and opted for Austrian citizenship.

He became an officer of the K.u.K the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Navy - visit the K.u.K museum in Novigrad - and took part in the
Battle of Lissa as one of the commanders on
Wilhelm von Tegetthoff's flagship, the Erzherzog Ferdinand Max.

Significant ports of the K.u.K in the Adriatic were
Pola - now Pula in Istria - and farther south,
the Bay of Cattaro - now Kotor, Montenegro.

Being an officer of the K.u.K, Richard Banfield would have been based in one of these ports, and it was in Castelnuovo, situated in the Bay of Cattaro in 1890 that Gottfried von Banfield was born.

Following education at the Military secondary-school
in Sankt Pölten (Austria), and the Naval academy
in Fiume - now Rijeka, Istria, Croatia - he followed his father's footsteps into the K.u.K
and qualified as a naval pilot.

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At the start of the First World War, he was posted to fly
the Lohner flying boat E.21 allocated to the pre-dreadnought
battleship SMS Zrinyi for aerial reconnaissance duties.

In action throughout the 1914-18 war, Banfield's 9 confirmed and 11 unconfirmed air-victories make him the most successful Austro-Hungarian naval airplane fighter pilot, and he holds a place among the most successful flying aces of Austro-Hungary.

AS most of his expeditions were over the northern Adriatic, many of his claimed air-victories could not be confirmed, which accounts for the high proportion of unconfirmed air-conquests in his tally.

Trieste, model, steam, Trains, WW1, sea-planes, travel, holiday, beach, party, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, ATP tennis, marina, truffles, tartufi.For his
military services
he was awarded
on 17 August 1917
the Military Order of Maria Theresa
and the title of
Baron (Freiherr in German).




After the First World War, the whole of Istria was annexed by Italy, and Gottfried was for a time imprisoned by the new occupiers.

In 1920 he emigrated to England and became a British subject, along the way marrying a countess - (as one does!)
the Contessa Maria Tripcovich of Trieste.

They settled in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where their son
Raphael Douglas, who was to become known to the world as
the composer Raffaello de Banfield Tripcovich, was born in 1922.

In 1926, Gottfried took Italian nationality and returned to
Trieste to become Director of the
Diodato Tripcovich and Co. Trieste Shipping-Company,
which he inherited from his father-in-law.

Banfield became a celebrity of the city, usually referred to as 'Our Baron'; 'Il nostro Barone'.

He went on to serve as the Honorary Consul of France at Trieste, and was decorated with the Legion d'Honneur in 1977.

Banfield died in the city in 1986 at the age of 96.

(text courtesy of Wikipedia and for more
details with photos: dieselpunks.org )


Trieste, model, steam, Trains, WW1, sea-planes, travel, holiday, beach, party, sea-view, Istria, beaches, watersports, adriatic, mediterranean, ATP tennis, marina, truffles, tartufi.Continuing
the sea-front walk
brings us to the
Railway Museum,
for big trains,
steam trains,
electric diesel trains
and model trains.




Well worth the modest entrance fee for the diaramas alone. For more info, click here

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for a collection of related youtube videos, some featuring the museum click here.


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