FOUND! The Italian minesweeper RD7 sunk in 1942

By Pierre Kosmidis The diving team of Antonis Grafas documented the story of an unknown shipwreck in the Saronic Gulf, Greece. A few lines in the war diary of the German commander of maritime defense of Attica, dated June 15, 1942, stated that “at 07:15 hrs. the Italian minesweeper ship RD7 sank after hitting a mine. Ships from Aegina […]

The WW2 shipwrecks that disappeared: Underwater explorer Kevin Denlay’s interview on the lost fleet of the Pacific – PART 2

By Pierre Kosmidis – August 2017 Photos by Kevin Denlay (unless otherwise noted) Historical Photos: Kevin Denlay Collection READ PART ONE OF KEVIN DENLAY’S UNDERWATER EXPLORATIONS: WW2 Shipwreck exploration by Kevin Denlay: “Going back in time and bringing the ships back to life” – PART 1 Kevin Denlay is a pioneer in underwater exploration and has witnessed […]

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The unknown story of the Italian submarine “Axum”, lost in Greece, 29 December 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis The Royal Italian Navy Submarine “Axum”, (Regio sommergibile “Axum”), named after the ancient city in Ethiopia, was commissioned on 2 December 1936 and had a quite successful career during WW2, including many patrols and the torpedo attack against Allied shipping on August 12 1942, which resulted in the sinking of one ship and damaging of […]

FOUND! Théophile Gautier: A French ocean liner at the seabed of the Aegean

By Pierre Kosmidis The Aegean seabed is a silent witness of many dramatic events during the Second World War. The wreckdiving.gr research team located and positively identified the wreck of the French ocean liner Théophile Gautier, at a depth of 112 meters below sea level. “Following information received from local fishermen, and thorough research in the historical archives, and despite […]

Galilea: The 1942 shipwreck that took the lives of over 1,000 Italians

By Pierre Kosmidis George Karelas, a respected researcher from Patras, Greece unveiled a long forgotten naval tragedy that happened on the night of March 28, 1942, in the the Ionian Sea, Greece. “Galilea” is sailing back to Italy from Greece with 1,329 men on board. Just 279 Italians survived this wreck. The “Galilea” was a passenger ship of Adriatica Societa […]

The 73 year Odyssey of a lost seaman’s family and the submarine lost in 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Read more here: Submarine HMS P311, sunk in January 1943: “Only the forgotten are truly dead” Massimo Domenico Bondone, the experienced Italian deep wreck scuba diver, who is credited with the recent discovery and the identification of the ill-fated British submarine P311 received the following message from Paul Denison, a family member of a […]