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A Greek school group dressed for a Greek cultural celebration poses on the Sponge Docks during the 1940s. The two sponge divers to the left behind them are Emmanuel Mehas and John Maillis. The front row is unidentified Greek school teacher,…

John Maillis (1935-2002) and his crew pose on the sponge boat Dorothy J. Mailli. John Maillis, known widely as John the Greek, was one of the most highly respected sponge divers. Raised in Kalymnos and Tarpon Springs, he began diving at 14 years…
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