HMS Maori: Scuba diving at a WW2 wreck, through the lens of Leonidas Stavrou

Photos and Text by Leonidas Stavrou, used by permission The Maori was bombed on February 14th 1942 whilst in Valletta Harbour, receiving a direct hit to the engine room which killed one person. Fortunately the rest of the crew were not on board. It is of historical importance as it helped crack the code to […]

A ship without a soul – The story of a photograph by John Dimaresis

PHOTO & TEXT: GIANNIS DIMARESIS The Sea … full of contrasts … calm and quiet, strong, stormy, capable of creating images of beauty and destruction … Boats, once proud, wandering, crossing her body now … lifeless steel plates waiting silently in her arms to become part of her… and we, ordinary observers expect dusk where the […]

“Y1: Στη Σιωπή του Βυθού”. Η άγνωστη ιστορία του ελληνικού υποβρυχίου που χάθηκε το 1943

By Pierre Kosmidis Οι φωτογραφίες δημοσιεύονται κατόπιν αδείας από την Team Faos Το υποβρύχιο Υ1 “Κατσώνης” βυθίστηκε στις 14 Σεπτεμβρίου του 1943, στη θαλάσσια περιοχή της Σκιάθου στις Σποράδες, όταν εμβολίστηκε μετά από ναυμαχία με το γερμανικό σκάφος UJ-2101, παρασέρνοντας σε βάθος 253 μέτρων 32 μέλη του πληρώματός του. 15 άνδρες περισυνελλέγησαν από το UJ-2101, […]

Every ship has a soul, but what becomes of it when it sinks?

By Pierre Kosmidis Photos by a good friend, who wishes to remain anonymous Every ship has a soul, but what becomes of it when it sinks? Does the soul follow the wreck at the abyss, or does it fly free, roaming the seas? I was very moved to see a series of photos by a good friend, […]

Dr. Innes McCartney, the man who located and identified over 100 WW1 and WW2 wrecks

By Pierre Kosmidis Dr. Innes McCartney, BA (Hons), MA, MA, PhD. Honorary Research Fellow Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science, Faculty of Science and Technology Bournemouth University, is a nautical archaeologist, deep-wreck diver, historical consultant specialising in submarines and a naval history and diving publisher. Dr. McCartney, over the last 25 years, has specialised in the discovery of and investigation […]

Athina: The wreck of the first iron steamboat built in Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis The first iron steamboat built in Greece in 1893 at Syros shipyards was used for decades in the Saronic Gulf and was then purchased by a Jewish organization carrying refugees from Europe to the Middle East, where the state of Israel was created in 1948. Mr. Aris Mpilalis, a Greek maritime history researcher, tells about this […]

Leros Island, 1943: The underwater museum of WW2 aircraft wrecks and shipwrecks

By Pierre Kosmidis The Eastern Aegean was the setting for a series of German air-sea landings, something not normally associated with the Wehrmacht. German infantry carried out beach assaults and, unusually, Fallschirmjäger were deployed in their intended role as paratroopers, more than two years after sustaining frightful losses in Crete. Both sides relied on air […]