3rd Duca di Genova
Other names: Ferdinando Umberto Filippo Adalberto Maria
Other Titles and Honours
Principe di Udine, 1904
Medal of Military Valour, silver (awarded twice)
Knight of the Military Order of Savoy
Rear admiral, 1927
Ferdinando attended the Naval Academy from 1901 until 1904 when he was
appointed midshipman. As part of his training, he sailed around the world on
the cruisers Vespucci and Calabria from 1905 to 1907. He was
present in the Italo-Turkish war in 1912 as a captain, and had
the rank of navy lieutenant in the First World War when he occupied the
Curzolari islands. In 1917, he was chosen to lead the Italian
War Commission sent to the United States that year, which was also attended
by Guglielmo Marconi. He founded the Italian Powerboat Federation (Federazione
Italiana Motonautica) in 1923 and was its first president. In 1930, he
represented the King of Italy at the coronation of the Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie, and was later appointed commander of the upper Adriatic sea.
He was in Portugal briefly after the royal family's exile, but returned to
Italy and settled in Bordighera, retiring from public life permanently.
Place of birth: Turin
Place of marriage: Turin
Place of death: Bordighera
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