The Maritime Museum of Camogli is named after its founder, Gio Bono Ferrari, author of the book “Sailing Trilogy”; one of the best renown scholar of the history of the Ligurian sailing navy and, in particular, of Camogli.
In 1938 the Museum was donated to the Municipality, which housed it in the foyer of the Principe Umberto theater (the current Social Theater) and Gio Bono Ferrari was appointed as its first Director..
Paintings, photographs, models and documents on display are gifts from Camogli families. They represent only a small testimony of the over 2,900 sailboats belonging to Camogli residents and later acquired and armed by captains and military sailors in the period between the Napoleonic wars and World War I.
The display cabinets are lined with names, nicknames and short stories of the people of Camogli, with all the stories they have lived through. They commemorate the original owners, creators and donors. These anectodes make the Maritime Museum a very lively and exciting place of memory dedicated not to generic topics, but to real people whose memory is kept alive by their families and fellow citizens
The second director of the Museum was, in 1942, the engineer Mario Casabona who followed the directives of the founder Gio Bono Ferrari.
In 1944, due to the war, the Museum found shelter in a warehouse.
In 1973 the new director, Captain Attilio Bertolotto, a disciplined scholar of maritime history and a capable builder of models and on-board instruments, was tasked with relocating the Museum to its present location, on Gio Bono Ferrari Street.