Steamship “Patris”: Sitting upright on the seabed for 89 years

By Pierre Kosmidis An unknown wreck was positively identified near Patroklos island in the Saronic Gulf by the diving team of Antonis Grafas in 2014. The steamship “Patris” (“Homeland” in English), formerly the French “Saint Rémi”, sank in the early hours of June 15, 1927, after being rammed by the  steamer “Moschanthi Toya”, formerly the British yacht “Catania”, due to […]

HMS Rover: The unknown story of the submarine in Souda Bay, Crete, 1941

By Pierre Kosmidis In this rare and previously unpublished photo, dated April 1941, HMS Rover is seen in Souda Bay, Crete Few are aware of the fact that Souda Bay in Crete, a large naval base used by the British in early WW2, is in a way similar to Pearl Harbor, Scapa Flow and Truk […]

The forgotten tragedies of the Aegean and the Ionian during WW2

By Pierre Kosmidis Italian POWs in Corfu Island, Greece, 1943. Unfortunately, most of the soldiers on this photo most probably drowned during their transportation to mainland Greece (Photo: Bundesarchiv) A series of forgotten tragedies claimed the lives of more than 13,000 Italian Prisoners of War during their transportation from the Greek islands of the Aegean and […]

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. […]