Lazarettschiff Brigitte and Torpedo Boat Lira in Thessaloniki, by Vincenzo Giacomo Toccafondi

By Vincenzo Giacomo Toccafondi I recently found on a well-known online auction website a very interesting image of the port of Thessaloniki 1. It shows the French ocean liner Theophile Gautier in the background, and two units that were directly involved in Operation Merkur: The small hospital ship Brigitte and the Regia Marina Torpedo Boat Lira. Photos of Brigitte are quite rare […]

HMS Urge: The story, the loss and the ceremony at sea, by Professor Timmy Gambin

Photos submitted to by Professor Timmy Gambin and used by permission An 80-year-old maritime mystery has finally been put to rest with the unveiling of a memorial to a Royal Navy submarine lost off Malta. Serving Submariners from Naval Base Clyde and relatives of the crew of HMS Urge travelled to the Mediterranean island […]

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 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 sinking of the Norwegian tanker MT Solheim close to Crete on March 24, 1941 by the Luftwaffe

By Pierre Kosmidis Research and photos by George Karelas, used by permission The chaotic days just before and during the German invasion of Greece, which was initiated on April 6, 1941, codenamed “Operation Marita”, have seen the Luftwaffe enjoying total air superiority. This meant that the German aircraft dominated the skies and bombed, without any significant opposition, any […]

The Italian hospital ships in the Aegean Sea, by Vincenzo Giacomo Toccafondi

By Vincenzo Giacomo Toccafondi, author of the book “Storia di una Nave Bianca” (“Story of a White Ship”). All photos are owned by their respective owners, as credited and were kindly submitted by Mr. Toccafondi to for publication in this feature article.  A relatively unknown chapter of WW2 is unveiled, thanks to respected researcher […]

Petrella steamship tragedy unveiled: The 1944 disaster with 2670 victims

Research and photo documentation by George Karelas The depths of the Aegean Sea in Greece hide some great tragedies that occurred during World War 2. One such disaster is the torpedoing of the German steamship Petrella, formerly named Capo Pino, a cargo steamship of 4785 grt, 114.9 meters long, with a maximum speed of 12 knots, by […]