Saturday, 30 July 2016

Lobster Spaghetti ...

Who fancies one of these ...

Photo - Ioannis Pagonis
Better get down to Stamatis PDQ ...

Monday, 25 July 2016

Phil's arrived ...

According to 'Good Morning Britain' this morning ...

Actually friend of the blog Stuart, spotted Lionheart in the 10x50's from his Skiathos vantage point ...

Sir Philip, perhaps soon to be call me 'Phil' Green had dropped the hook in Koukounaries bay this morning, for his summer jolly around the islands.

However once the news broke, on BBC/Sky/ITV via his global telecommunications systems, then breakfast must have been uncomfortable viewing.

So was it the news, or the bombardment of bread rolls, from the Skiathos Palace hotel, that made Phil dash for safer waters, over on Skopelos?

Who knows? You decide ...

HRH if you need the gong back, there is an army of Brits, on Skiathos. The 5th Mythos light infantry who will be happy to oblige ...

Track Phil here so if passing by, bread rolls to the ready ...



Saturday, 23 July 2016

Fresh Lobsters ...

Waiting for you in Taverna Stamatis right now ...

Photo - Ioannis Pagonis
Just ask for Ioannis and a glass of Tsipouro, whilst you wait ...

SWMBO ...

Time for an update - yes its been rather quiet:

SWMBO - Kamila has been in hospital recently due to an infection, its something all Cancer patients have to live with. It was her first and set her back for around a week. Once discharged she was treated at home with daily visits by a 'Hospital at home' nurse.

She/We have been quietly preparing for the window of opportunity, for surgery.

Luckily there had been a slight postponement, assembling the team, which has allowed her to fit two weeks of lost appointments into one. The last appointment being on Wednesday.

Kamila had major 'life changing surgery' just yesterday - Thursday 21st, and was in theatre for over ten hours. The best surgeons in Europe operated on her to try to beat the cancer, after 24 courses of Chemotherapy where she astounded the doctors with her resilience.

Tonight, she remains in the intensive care unit, and will be there for some time, but has the best teams in the country looking after her.

Its going to be a long tough road to recovery, but rest assured she will be doing her very best ...

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Is it a bird ...

Is it a plane ...

No it's dynamite, from the marble quarry over on Pelion. This morning's 09:08am blasting set the forums and FB pages alive.

You can see the quarry, it's the white cliff opposite the Aghia Eleni & both Banana beaches.

Just a matter of time, before someone says, no we are wrong,  it's a sonic boom, rather than a TNT one ...

Late news:

The former UK Prime Minister, in his resignation speech, failed to mention his new role.


Starring with Larry the cat, in the remake of the 1964 classic 007, Goldfinger. Vladimir Putin is a hot tip to play James Bond. Tsougria cast as the hide away island ...

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Quick update ...

Apologies to friends of the blog ...

Today I am 'NOT' going to visit my wife in hospital - she is home. Dr Ioannis is back on duty ...

Normal service will resume, as soon as possible, thank you for visiting ...

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Katsonis - Wreck located after 73 years ...

The WW2 Greek submarine Katsiomis -Y1, was sunk on September 14, 1943 near Skiathos ...

Photo source: greek-war-equipment.blogspot.gr
The wreck of the Greek WW2 submarine Y1 "Katsonis" has been located according to the Hellenic Navy, close to Skiathos Island, resting on the bottom at a depth of over 200 metres.

Photo source: greek-war-equipment.blogspot.gr
The Hellenic Navy ship "Naftilos" (Nautilus) conducted a thorough research of the seabed, and located the wreck of a submarine, which is thought to be the famed Y-1 "Katsonis", lost on September 14, 1943.

Photo source: greek-war-equipment.blogspot.gr
 "Katsonis" was one of only six submarines available to the Greeks in 1940. Despite being an aged submarine by World War II standards it was used extensively in war patrols and commando operations in the Adriatic and the Aegean Sea, before being sunk by a German subchaser in 1943.

Operational History

1925 - Laid down 1927 - Launched 8 June 1928 - Commissioned.


First captain is Cdr Κ. Arvanitis. 3 - 10 Nov. 1940 - First war patrol (under Cdr Spanidis). Adriatic, 216 hours (84 subm./132 surf.).

22 Dec. 1940 - 4 Jan. 1941 - Second war patrol (under Cdr The Argus, 6 January 1941 (Australian newspaper)Athanasios Spanidis). Adriatic, 312 hours (132 subm./180 surf.).

31 Dec. 1940 - Sinks the 531-ton Italian freighter Quinto (531 GRT) off Antivari

14 - 21 Feb. 1941 - Third war patrol (under Cdr Spanidis). Adriatic, 168 hours (60 subm./108 surf.).

24 Mar. - 1 Apr. 1941 - Fourth war patrol (under Cdr Spanidis). Adriatic, 216 hours (84 subm./132 surf.).

From Port Said to Port Sudan Apr. 1941 - After the German invasion, Katsonis escapes to the Middle East, operating with the British Pennant number N 16.

2 July 1942 - Damaged while exiting a dry dock at Port Said. 28 Mar. - 10 Apr. 1943 - Fifth war patrol (under Cdr Laskos). Aegean/Crete, 408 hours (170 subm./238 surf.).

After patrolling the North Aegean and later disembarking commandos in the Lakonia, Katsonis encounters three sail boats, which, contrary to orders, Laskos spares because they were carrying food to Piraeus during the famine. The same day they encounter another sail boat, one of the crew of which offers information regarding the movements of an enemy patrol boat off Gytheio. They take him on board and give him the nickname "Lafiro" (plunder).

2 Apr. 1943 - Katsonis approaches the port of Gytheio and sinks an Italian minelayer with torpedoes. According to a British article, it was carrying depth charges and torpedoes, and 20 Italian officers and soldiers were killed on it.

 5 Apr. 1943 - Sinks the Spanish/German 1,500-ton merchant steamship San Issidro (322 GRT) off Kythnos.

21 May - 4 June 1943 - Sixth war patrol (under Cdr Laskos). Aegean, 456 hours (186 subm./270 surf.). Vasileios Laskos

29 May 1943 - Sinks the German freighter Rigel (552 GRT) near Skiathos. 2 June 1943 - Fires two torpedoes at the Italian cargo ship Versilia (591 GRT) off Karlovassi, but misses.

5 - 14 Sep. 1943 - Seventh war patrol (under Cdr Laskos). North Aegean, 212 hours (107 subm./105 surf.). The mission is to patrol North Aegean and land commandos. The boat quickly shows its age, with main problem the failure of one engine. Nevertheless, Laskos continues the war patrol.

8 Sep. 1943 - Katsonis receives the message for the Italian armistice. 11 Sep. 1943 - Lands the Greek commandos without incident.

12 Sep. 1943 - Intercepts two sail boats and Laskos finds out that a captured French ship, Simfra, is carrying German soldiers on leave.

13 - 14 Sep. 1943 - Charges its batteries and submerges to patrol the area between Pilio and Skiathos, looking for Simfra. Laskos spots a sail boat and decides to surface to try to get more information about Simfra. While he is still talking probably to the boat's skipper, what looks like Simfra is spotted in the horizon. Katsonis soon receives optical identification signals from the ship, but it isn't Simfra. It is the German subchaser UJ-2101. Katsonis crash dives, but soon receives depth charges and is forced to resurface. Laskos orders the crew to return fire with the cannon, and after the gunners are killed, he himself takes their place, but is soon killed too, and Katsonis sinks. 31 men of the crew, including the captain, as well as "Lafiro" went down with Katsonis:

V. LASKOS S. MYKONIOS S. TROUPAKIS P. LAMPRINOUDIS M. KAVALOUDIS K. KSENOS I. CHRYSOCHERIS N. PANAGIOTIZAS D. MARALETOS L. STAMOS P. MAGIATIS V. RANTOS N. MANTONANAKIS A. VLACHAKIS D. KOUVELIS E. TSATSARIS K. SELLAKIS P. TSAKONAS I. ECONOMOU A. KRESTAS E. PLATIDIS S. KSEPAPADEAS Ch. ALEXIOU N. THYMARAS M. LIMNAIOS X. MITSIALIS G. LENTZAKIS N. MOSCHONAS A. FOUNTOULAKOS N. KOUROUZIS D. PRINTZOS Z. ZOGRAFOS

15 were captured, while Lt. Tsoukalas and petty officers Tsingros swam for 9 hours to reach Skiathos and Antoniou to reach Pilio. They later returned to the Middle East.

Specifications Y-1 Katsonis submarine Displacement: Surfaced 576 tons, Submerged 775 tons Length: 62.4 m Beam: 5.3 m Draft: 3.35 m Propulsion: 2 × 2-cycle Schneider-Carels diesel 1,300hp, 2 × electric 1,000hp Complement: 39-45 Max. Dive: 73 m Speed: (Surf.) 14 knots, (Subm.) 9.5 knots Range: (Surf.) 3,500 nm @ 10 knots, (Subm.) 100 nm @ 5 knots Armament: 6x 533mm torpedo tubes (2 internal bow, 2 external bow, 2 external stern; 7 torpedoes), 1x 100mm cannon, 2x machine guns.