Photographer's Note

This beautiful ship is stranded on a beach on the island of Zakynthos. The ship and itīs crew met their destiny in 1980 when it was hunted down by Greek Navy.

This angle is as far away you can go from the ocean. The place of the ship is very inaccesible, and the only way is to arrive by boat. There is great mountainwalls all around the beach and far out in the water...

The story of the boat:

In 1980, a freighter was pursued by the Greek Navy. The crew were suspected of smuggling contraband and the navy chased the ship through the Ionian sea.

Allegedly there was 'wine, tobacco and women' on board and the chase came to an abrupt end when the ship ran aground in stormy weather on the coast to the north of the island at Porto Vromi.


1937 - St Bedan built in Scotts Bowling Yard in Glasgow for J & A Gardner.

1964 - Sold to Greek owners, M Gigilinis and S Kakassinas of Thessaloniki and renamed Meropi.

1966 - Renamed Charis.

1975 - Sold by NS Kalfas to P Lisikatos of Piraeus renamed Panagiotis.

October 1980 - Run aground on Zakynthos and abandoned.


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