Giovanni Biondo (Captain)

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Giovanni Biondo
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CitizenshipRepublic of Venice
OccupationSea captain

Giovanni Biondo was a Republic of Venetian 18th century sea captain who served either in the merchant marine or, more probably, in the navy. He is mentioned in a 1783 letter from the Venice ambassador in Naples, for an incident occurred to his ship[1].

He may be the same "Capitan Giovanni Biondo Veneto" (Venetian Captain Giovanni Biondo) who crafted the earliest extant models of ships in a bottle, two of which reproduce Venetian warships (ships of the line) from the late eighteenth century.

The oldest (1784) is in a museum in Lübeck; another (1786) is held by a private collector; the third (1792), that apparently reproduces the heavy frigate PN Fama, is in the Navy Museum in Lisbon.

Possibly, he is a relation to Francesco Biondo, who built a very similar model (1806), currently in the Murano Glass Museum[2].


  1. Corrispondenze diplomatiche veneziane da Napoli: 19 settembre 1778 - 17 agosto 1790 (in italiano). Istituto poligrafico e zecca dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato. 1992. p. 367. ISBN 978-88-240-0133-5.
  2. "Folk Art In Bottles - Giovanni Biondo - 1st Ship in Bottle Builder". Retrieved 2020-12-19.

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