Photographer's Note

Since the ancient years, the fate of Symi is strongly tied with the sea. Its first (mythological) inhabitant, was Glafkos who married Symi, the daughter of Ialysos, king of Rhodes. Glafkos was a great, fisherman, swimmer and diver, but also a great shipbuilder. He was the one who constructed "Argo" the ship of the Argonauts.

Many centuries later, during the years of the Ottoman Empire, Symi became one of the greatest maritime "forces" in the whole Mediterranean. They were constructing their own ships with wood from the Symiot forests, and they were considered the fastest of the Aegean. On 1898, the Symiot fleet numbered more than 600 ships!!! They were also excellent sponge divers and created companies based in Symi, with branch offices in London, Paris, Minor Asia and Egypt. A consenquence of their wealth was the architectonic marvel that we see today.

From the many shipyards that once were in Symi, today you can still find a couple of small ones in the neighborhood called Harani. Nowadays they only repair boats of small or medium size like the ones you see in the photo.

***"Lazy Days", was the name of the biggest of the 2 ships that you see in the photo.***


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