‘Santuzza’ is an Old World Italian girl’s name, but I have to believe that the name of this particular dinghy is more likely due to its ownership by the Hotel Santuzza, located in downtown Catania, Italy, not far from the harbor. 


In 1977-78 I had the privilege of living for six months in Sicily. I brought back many images and many more memories from that time so long ago. I remember enjoying walks along the downtown coastline of Catania.  The dinghies, or roughly translated to Italian, “gommoni”,  at rest along the harbor walls, were used by the local fishermen who had developed a unique way of rowing from a standing position.  I remember that the outdoor market in downtown Catania was a great place to grab a few of their freshly caught fish for dinner.


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