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Antonios Lerios checks out a boat for which he has supplied the mechanical parts. Born in Kalymnos, Lerios grew up in Istanbul, where he learned helmet making, ship mechanics, and other maritime crafts in the enormous shipyards. In 1913 he joined his…

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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…

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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…

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The sponge boat crew posing for the camera circa 1940 includes young George Tsalichis held by an unidentified man, James Tsalichis, Chris Hatzie, Anargiros Filaretou, and Nick Zouroudis. A sponge boat crew usually included a captain, diver(s),…

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Usually out with the sponge fleet, this boat remained at the Sponge Docks and was put up for sale in the early 1970s due to a death in the family. A memorial wreath for deceased graces the sponge boat.

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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…

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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.

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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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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…

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Sponge boats often do not work during winter months due to the wind from cold fronts. In the winter the fishermen complete tasks for which they did not have time during the busy working season, such as cleaning and repairing boats or equipment. In…

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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…

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A Greek diver in the diving suit appears on board a boat with men, women and children who seem to be on some sort of excursion during the 1910s. Until the late 1950s to early 1960s, sponge divers wore the heavy canvas and rubber suit topped with a…

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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…

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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…

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In 1937, George Coutroulis and his son Christ Coutroulis built the Fannie C. Angeli with pine and cypress. They fitted it with the latest devices of the sponge industry, including diesel power and an air compressor. Around 1920 Greek sponge boats…
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