History and aknowledgements

A centenarian history, the progress and the innovation




The Crosera Shipyard was born at the beginning of the last century along the banks of the Piave river, which at the time was a navigable site of great commercial profits.

Originated by the strong willingness and determination of the actual owners' great-grandfather, the shipyard became soon a point of reference for all the professionals of the field.

It is now located within a unique environment, just out of Venice and very close to the breathtaking islands of the Lagoon.

Being positioned just behind Jesolo, it can be used by the shipowners as a comfortable and reliable assistance and maintenance service point, both for boating and for ships of commercial use.

Over the years the Crosera Shipyard has been awarded with numerous prizes and acknowledgements, such as:

  • - the prize “Work, Economical Progress and Innovation Award”, being given as a Special Edition for the bicentenary 1806/2006.

  • - the recognition “Artistic Wood Craftsmanship” assigned the 26 of May 2005 by the Regional Committee of Craftsmanship “Regione del Veneto” .




Historical Facts

Brief History of Portegrandi




History and Navigability:

The history of Portegrandi is strictly connected to its particular geographical position. The place in fact functions as boundary and hydraulic hinge between the Lagoon and the mainland: it is a crossroad between fresh water and salt water and a station of the fluvial and lagoonal routes which have been crossed since the antiquity by many types of vessels and commerces.

The history of Portegrandi is thus connected with the tradition of navigation, with the transformations and exchanges which took place between the rivers, the drylands, the Lagoon and the sea. Particularly significant was the majestic hydraulic work through which the Republic of Venice profoundly restructured and modified the natural assets and the hydrological network of the area.

At the beginning of the 16th century, by the last bight of the river Sile, right at the access of the Silone channel, there were just a tavern and a few houses. In is in this historical period that the Serenissima introduces innovative governmental and geographical measures to generate a geo-economical equilibrium between freshwaters and saltwaters.

This happens in view of two main objectives: to the protect the Lagoon from the negative effects of the murky fluvial waters and thus preserve the historical function of Venice, that of being the harbour of the Lagoon while keeping and controlling the ancient and vital commercial routes connecting the Lagoon with the river, as for example the Sile's area was.



The last 5 hundreds years of this history are very meaningful as the toponomastic of the area proves.

Bocha di Valle:
Till the 18th, this was the name used for the place where today is situated a navigable basin. The name refers to the place where the Sile flows into the Lagoon of Torcello, an important “emporium” (marketplace) of the Roman age. It was indeed an important station along the internal route of navigation between Ravenna and Aquileia, situated at the core of a network which included maritime and fluvial routes.
According to the ancient maps, the “Porte Grandi “ of the Sile river (literally translated as the “big doors”), refers to the vast basin created by Venice in order to maintain the extremely frequented routes of navigation connecting the city with Treviso and its upcountry, after the deflection of the waters from the river to the sea.The Sile works for Venice as an highway along which numerous passengers and commerces pass by, bringing to the city the goods coming from the countrysides, the hills and the mountains of the region.
The name refers to the other smaller basin between the Fossetta canal and the Sile river, where minor but meaningful frequented routes of navigation of the Sile and the Piave river flew together (Fossetta, Meolo, Vallio.)
Already since the 18th century important tenures of noble families and religious orders were located in the islands of the Lagoon.It it is also through this route that wood and groceries come to the the Lagoon.Moreover, thanks to the installation of a ferry service which works uninterruptedly day and night, the Fossetta canal is the way through which the Austrian diplomacy comes to Venice.
Taglio del Sile
The excavation for the deflection of the river Sile into the sea lasted ten years and was finished in 1863. This canal makes the water of the river merge from Portegrandi to the old Piave canal, and from this canal directly to the sea. This measure was taken by Venice to prevent the murky waters of the river Sile fill the Lagoon with dirt and thus transform it into a swamp. The risk of disease in the northern part of the area had to be eliminated, to avoid the contaminations which plagued Torcello and the islands nearby. This part of the Lagoon, belonging to the Roman district of Altinum, and once celebrated by Vitruvius and Martial as a place of incredible healthiness, had indeed been invaded by freshwater and rush and plagued by the jungle fever. This had caused the depopulation of Torcello, the economical crisis and the closure of numerous monasteries like, for example, that of St. Arian.