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Steve Stavrakis with model sponge boat

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Title

Steve Stavrakis with model sponge boat

Subject

Tarpon Springs, Greek community, sponge industry, tourism

Description

During his later years, Steve Stavrakis (1928-2012) made model sponge boats that he gifted to family members. Stavrakis’ father came from Halki around 1918. He moved first to Tampa, and then to Tarpon Springs where he owned a ship’s chandlery for a while. While in high school Stavrakis spent a summer working in Apalachicola with his great-uncle Nicholas Anargirou, a master boat builder from Halki. Anargirou also built model sponge boats—Stavrakis studied their design and made rigging for one of them. Stavrakis also spent two summers working as a deck hand on sponge boats. The models that he created are exact replicas of the boats that he worked on, reproduced in a one-inch to one-foot scale including many of the blocks, brackets, lanterns, and other items.

Creator

Bud Lee

Source

University of Central Florida

Format

jpeg

Type

photo

Files

1546201[1].jpg

Citation

Bud Lee, “Steve Stavrakis with model sponge boat,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 11, 2020, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/3053.