HMS Ben-My-Chree: The “Woman of My Heart”, the first seaplane carrier sunk in 1917

By Pierre Kosmidis A virtually unknown story, of great historical significance, comes to light once again 99 years after it happened, thanks to the efforts of experienced scuba diver, Trimix instructor and explorer Mr. Asim Karsçakar from Turkey. Mr. Karsçakar conducted a series of dives in the area with fellow scuba divers Mr. Aziz Yiğitler and Mr. […]

“Oria” shipwreck, the watery grave of 4,000 POWs in 1944

By Pierre Kosmidis The sinking of the steamship “Oria” in Gaidouronisi, a tragedy in the dark years of the nazi occupation of Greece in February 1944, which  resulted in 4,115 drowned Italian POWs, almost three times as many victims as the Titanic, is largely forgotten and kept in the dark drawers of history. Few people […]

The amazing wrecks of Truk Lagoon, by Aleksei Kondratuk

By Pierre Kosmidis Light Japanese tank Ha-Go Truk Lagoon is considered as the “Holy Grail” of wreck diving worldwide, due to the wide variety of wrecks, many of them in nearly intact condition. PHOTO CREDITS: ALEKSEI KONDRATUK Aleksei Kondratuk in Chuuk (formerly known as Truk) Aleksei Kondratuk, a scuba diver and underwater photographer from Vladivostok, Russia, […]

Nαυάγιο “ΟΡΙΑ”: 4.000 Ιταλοί αιχμάλωτοι στο βυθό του Σαρωνικού

By Pierre Kosmidis CLICK TO READ THE STORY IN ENGLISH  Το ναυάγιο του ατμόπλοιου «Όρια» στο Γαϊδουρονήσι, μια τραγωδία στα σκοτεινά χρόνια της Κατοχής το Φεβρουάριο του 1944, η οποία είχε σχεδόν τριπλάσιο αριθμό θυμάτων σε σύγκριση με τον Τιτανικό, έχει μείνει ξεχασμένη στα συρτάρια της Ιστορίας. Λίγοι γνωρίζουν ότι περισσότεροι από 4.000 Ιταλοί αιχμάλωτοι […]

Wreck of a 1915 “X-lighter” that served at the WW1 Gallipoli campaign

By Pierre Kosmidis Period photos: Xiradakis Family Archives Wreck photos: Helen Tsouropoulou Research: Aris Mpilalis-Kostas Thoktaridis Near Makronissos island, Greece, a team of  experienced wreck divers, Kostas Thoktaridis, Nicholas Vassilatos and Helen Tsopouropoulou, explored a wreck of exceptional beauty and rich history. The motor ship “Barba Thomas” (Uncle Tom) has an interesting history as she was built in 1915 in the UK […]

The ship sunk with… oranges in 1918 and the wreck of Paris

By Pierre Kosmidis During war, ships are being sunk by enemy action, submarines, surface ships, mines, or due to bad weather. Not many ships though are sunk by a load of…. oranges. This was exactly the fate of a French patrol boat, the Alexandra, which sank on March 8th, 1918, thanks to an ingenious plan by […]