Burdigala: 100 years since the sinking of the second largest shipwreck of the Greek Seas

By Pierre Kosmidis TEXT BY PIERRE KOSMIDIS PHOTOS BY DIMITRIS GALONOn November 14, 1916 the luxury liner S/S Burdigala, formerly known as “Kaiser Friedrich” struck a mine and sunk between Kea and Makronissos islands. 2016 marks the centenary of this shipwreck, the second largest in the Greek Seas, after the “Brittanic”, which was lost  in 1916 too. The […]

1941-2017: Η “Μακεδονία” φλέγεται, 22 Απριλίου 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Έρευνα, ιστορική τεκμηρίωση: Γιώργος Καρέλας READ THE STORY IN ENGLISH: Then and Now: Stuka attack on Greek steamer “Macedonia”, April 22, 1941 Ο διακεκριμένος ιστορικός ερευνητής και έμπειρος αυτοδύτης Γιώργος Καρέλας έχει συμμετάσχει σε πολλές έρευνες ναυαγίων πλοίων και αεροσκαφών του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου στην Ελλάδα. Παράλληλα, έχει αφιερώσει πολύ χρόνο στην […]

FOUND! Aldebaran: The Italian Navy Torpediniera sunk on 20 October 1941 in Greece

By Pierre Kosmidis Underwater photos by Milonakis Kostas www.wetklik.gr Other photos as credited Nearly 75 years have passed since the sinking of Aldebaran (code AL), an Italian warship, which met her fate at 9:40 in the morning of October 20, 1941 and was discovered and positively identified by the diving team of Antonis Grafas in […]

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. […]

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 […]

The story of the Greek battleship “Kilkis” sunk by Stuka bombers on April 23, 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis Battleship Kilkis (Greek: Θ/Κ Κιλκίς) was a 13,000 ton Mississippi-class battleship originally built by the US Navy in 1904–1908. The Stuka dive bombers hit “Lemnos” in the background, with “Kilkis” visible in the middle of the photo As Mississippi she was purchased by the Greek Navy in 1914, and renamed Kilkis, along […]