You might have seen the captree boat before.
But you might not have noticed its existence until now.
It is a small boat that travels from the city of Ljublikajs in Croatia, through the Croatian coast, through Slovenia, Croatia and the Mediterranean Sea.
The boat is made out of aluminium.
So, why did it exist?
There are several reasons.
In October last year, a small fishing vessel named The Captain caught the eye of a group of local fishermen in the area of the Adriatic Sea, close to the coast of Lajesk.
“We saw the Captain, we were very excited and the fishermen were very happy,” says Ivan Tjiklovic, who runs the fishing boat.
Ivan is a local fisherman who lives close to Ljuba and works with the Croatian fishing community.
They have a great interest in seeing the world and the Captain is an amazing boat,” he says.
He says the Captain was built with a design for a boat that would travel around the world.
After a lot of research, he discovered the Captain has a history.
A lot of boats have gone through various owners over the years, with one of the most famous being the Captures from the Spanish Armada in the 16th Century, owned by Ferdinand Ferdinand de la Vega.
Tjiklic’s family owns the boat.”
He started his boat as a fishing boat and the owners are very interested in the world,” he explains.
As a result, the Captain went on to become one of Europe’s most recognised sightseeing vessels.”
I think it’s important that it’s a small vessel that has a great history.
There are so many different cultures around the globe, so it’s an important element,” says Tjikačić.
Although the Captain might have its roots in the 18th century, the story goes back to the 19th century.
When the captain was sailing to the port of Dubrovnik in 1875, he caught sight of a boat called the Roma which was in the harbour of Belgrade.
That is when Tjicać bought the boat and began to build his dream boat.
He says he was inspired by the stories of the sailors who had seen and had a good time aboard.”
There’s no doubt that the boat is a part of the legend of Croatian fishing boats,” he said.
You can see the Captain in action at the Croatian Sea Show and the Adrieu D’Espagne.
Tjicačiovic says the boat has had a lot more people in the family than just the family of the owner, who lives in the nearby town of Vukovar.”
The family has always been involved in Croatian fishing, so when we saw the owner was a fisherman, we thought, how can we do the same?” he says, laughing.
Tourists and locals also love the Captain.
Despite the fact the boat’s owners have only been around for a couple of years, they have made a name for themselves.
Some of the local fishermen are also excited about the new addition to their family.”
They see the boat as their family’s favourite boat, so they are very happy about the idea,” says Vuković.