Antonio Dionisio Lussich Griffo (1848 - 1928)

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Birthplace: Montevideo
Death: Died in Montevideo
Managed by: Juan Luis Garese Sosa Dias
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About Antonio Dionisio Lussich Griffo

Don Antonio Lussich nació en Montevideo el 23 de marzo de 1848, hijo de Filip Lukšić y de Carmen Griffo.

Muy joven aún, actuó en la guerra civil de 1870, enrolado a las huestes gauchas del famoso caudillo Timoteo Aparicio. De esta experiencia bélica, como sido discípulo de Bartolomé Hidalgo, extrajo tema y material para su libro de poesía gauchesca "Los Tres Gauchos Orientales" publicado en 1872 y al que siguieron El Matrero Luciano Santos (1873). El Rubio Pichinango y una obra humorística denominada Cantalicio Quirós y Miterio Castro en el Club Uruguay. En 1893 publica, ya fuera del género gauchesco, Naufragios célebres, donde relata las hazañas de la empresa de salvatajes fundada por su padre. Estando al frente de ésta logra más de 200 rescates realizados en el Río de la Plata y la costa Atlántica. Y por las centenares de vidas salvadas recibe condecoraciones, entre otras, del Rey Alfonso XIII de España, del Presidente de la República Francesa, del Rey Augusto Sovrano de Italia y de su Majestad Británica.

Con su esposa, Angela Portillo (1861- 1944), tuvo ocho mujeres y un hijo varón, el menor, que falleció a la edad de 21 años, en un accidente de avión.

Cuando Don Antonio tenía casi 50 años de edad, compró Punta Ballena y dedicó el resto de su vida a la forestación de la misma.

Falleció en Montevideo el 5 de junio de 1928, a la edad de 80 años. -------------------- Antonio Dionisio Lussich Griffo sailor, arboricultorist and writer. His father was Filip Lukšić, a Croatian Merchant sailor who arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1840. Writings

He was notably the author of ´Los tres gauchos orientales´, depicting rural life in 19th century Uruguay. He was also responsible for other writings of a more maritime theme. Uruguayan Civil War; political associations

In his youth Lussich fought as a supporter of Aparicio Saravia, a Blanco leader in the intermittent 19th century Uruguayan Civil War ("Blanco" refers to "Partido Blanco", which is Spanish for "White Party").

Lussich later established quite cordial relations with Uruguay´s Colorado Party leaders, receiving Colorado Presidents Claudio Wílliman and Baltasar Brum as guests at Punta Ballena ("Colorado" refers to "Partido Colorado", which is Spanish for "Red Party). Arboretum

On 5 October 1896 he acquired 4,447 acres (18 km2) of uninhabited land at Punta Ballena. At this location he started his masterpiece, the creation of the Arboretum Lussich, a huge natural botany garden.

He owned part of his father's maritime rescue enterprise which he sold in 1917 so he could dedicate his full time to his passion. Death

He died in 1928 in the city of Punta del Este.

EMPRESARIO

En las tormentosas noches del invierno, principalmente naufragaban grandes barcos extranjeros, cuyos capitanes desconocían el peligro de nuestras costas, acaso por defecto de las cartas hidrográficas o en otros casos por la violencia de los temporales en lugares poco abrigados.

En esos casos acudía la flota de Lussich con sus arriesgados tripulantes y hacían proezas en pleno mar, como lo consigna el mismo Lussich en su muy interesante libro "Naufragios célebres". Desde Río de Janeiro hasta el Estrecho de Magallanes, la Flota Gris de Lussich, como se la conocía popularmente, ganó fama recibiendo condecoraciones de Inglaterra, Francia, España e Italia.

Las actividades de salvataje se iniciaron en 1884, cuando el vaporcito Plata salvó a pasajeros y tripulantes del transatlántico ingles "Hermes". Y muchos mas lo siguieron: las barcas inglesas "Mabel" y "Georgina", el vapor "Amoor", el canadiense acorazado brasileño "Solimoes", la torpedera argentina "Rosales", el lugre ingles "Kaffir Chief" entre otros.

En 1917 vendió su participación en la compañía naviera fundada por su padre a la Administración Nacional de Puertos para dedicarse a tiempo completo a su pasión. ENTREPRENEUR

In the stormy winter nights, mainly large foreign vessels wrecked, whose captains were unaware of the danger of our shores, perhaps default hydrographic charts or in other cases by the violence of the storms in places little warm.

In these cases came Lussich fleet with its crew and made risky exploits at sea, as it Lussich slogan in his very interesting book "Famous Shipwrecks". From Rio de Janeiro to the Straits of Magellan, Lussich Grey Fleet, as it was known, gained fame receiving decorations from England, France, Spain and Italy.

Rescue activities began in 1884, when the steamer Silver saved transatlantic passengers and crew of English "Hermes". And many more followed: British boats "Mabel" and "Georgina" steam "Amoor", Canadian Brazilian battleship "Solimoes", the torpedo Argentina "Rosales", the English lugger "Kaffir Chief" among others.

In 1917 he sold his stake in the shipping company founded by his father to the National Port Administration to devote full time to his passion.

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William Sheppard Bangerter her ex-husband

Carlota Ponce de Leon Sanguinetti his mother

J. Ponce de Leon Sanguinetti her brother

Elena Moor- Davie Hughes his wife

Elena Hughes Garcia Lagos her mother

Maria Hortencia Hughes Garcia Lagos her sister

María Piñeyrúa Hughes her daughter

Sergio Lussich Ellauri her ex-husband

Padre Lussich his father

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Antonio Dionisio Lussich Griffo's Timeline

1848
March 23, 1848
Montevideo
1883
July 27, 1883
Age 35
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1885
October 7, 1885
Age 37
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1887
August 12, 1887
Age 39
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1890
February 6, 1890
Age 41
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1891
September 25, 1891
Age 43
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1892
October 22, 1892
Age 44
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1893
November 3, 1893
Age 45
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1900
March 25, 1900
Age 52
Montevideo, Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1903
February 26, 1903
Age 54
Maldonado, Maldonado, Uruguay