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 […]

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 […]

Gradisca: The “Odyssey” of the Italian hospital ship in Greece during WW2

By Pierre Kosmidis The Hospital Ship “Gradisca” at the Port of Patras, Greece GRADISCA and AQUILEA: Two large hospital ships operating on the Mediterranean under Italian and German flag from 1939-45 In 1935, Italy bought two pre-World-War-I steamships built in England and the Netherlands and originally used as passenger ships – the GRADISCA (13,879 G.R.T.) […]