USF Libraries | Special & Digital Collections | Exhibits

Browse Items (9 total)

  • Tags: sponge boat

1546112[1].jpg
A crew member finishes the grueling job of cleaning sponges on February 11, 1975. Sponges, which are simple animal organisms, must be cleaned of their skin, internal matter, and any stones or sand that have adhered to them. Crew members repeatedly…

1546097[1].jpg
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…

1546089[1].jpg
Greek sponge fishermen pose on a schooner that has been adapted as a diving boat. Since the image includes a man with a bowler hat and tie, this looks like a photograph possibly taken to send to families back at home that the men might not see for…

1546086[1].jpg
On October 2, 1970, the crew of the sponge boat Eleni hauls strings of sponges off the boat to store in the Sponge Exchange until they are auctioned later in the day.

1546079[1].jpg
Sponge hooking schooners, such these docked in an inlet off the Anclote River on October 18, 1973, originally composed a large part of the sponge fleet. The Arty was converted to a sponge boat by George Tsourakis. Although equipment for hooking…

1546075[1].jpg
1932. The 1910 census reveals that six Greek ship carpenters resided in Tarpon Springs. The Greeks learned their skills as apprentices to master ship builders. In Tarpon Springs they probably worked full-time in the construction and repair of diving…

1546046.jpg
The sponge boat Eleni, owned by Charles Samarkos, is prepared for use by the U.S. Army. John A. Samarkos and Michael A. Samarkos are standing center front in suits, and Charles A. Samarkos is in the bow. During World War II, several sponge boats were…

1546009.jpg
A man hauls large sponges from a loaded lateen sail sponge boat on the Anclote River in 1921. The name on the boat is barely legible, but it is probably Taxiarchis Mihail, or St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of Symi. The boat in the…

1546008.jpg
Men string sponges on a Greek boat in the Anclote River. After cleaning the sponges, members of the crew typically sort the sponges according to type and size, then string them on twine using heavy needles about two feet long—this keeps them sorted…
Output Formats

atom, dcmes-xml, json, omeka-json, omeka-xml, rss2