One of the most beautiful organic forms created by man is that of a boat. It is a nest, a womb, an embrace. Every year the fishing boats are coated with new layers of protective paint and as the colors peel away fantastic rich textures are revealed. When the boat has to be retrieved it is usually cut into halves and then smaller pieces and taken away to a landfill. Instead beautiful things could be made from such pieces.
του Ποιητού Kωνσταντίνου Kαβάφη
(και του καθενός μας – άλλωστε)..δεν έχει πλοίο για σε, δεν έχει οδό.
H πόλιςνταλγκαδιασμένος και βαρύς
γυρνάει τα στενορρύμια
της πολιτείας της άχαρης
που τρώει τα σωθικά του
σ’ αυτήν εδώ γεννήθηκε
σ’ αυτή θε ν’ αποθάνη
εδώ πίκρες τον πότισαν κρουνηδόν
εδώ τον βασανίσαν
πως τη χαράν ευρήκε σπανίως
κάποτε θέλησε κι’ αυτός
κάπου μακρυά να φύγη
μα εκατέβη στο γιαλό
και δεν είχε καράβι
*more about Dimitrios shipwreck…(Christos Ntounis in his book “Ta Navagia stis Ellinikes thalasses (1950-2000)” – “The shipwrecks of the Greek seas” writes that the ship emergency docked to the port of Gythio on 4 December 1980 because its captain needed access to a hospital due to a serious illness. However, after the ship’s docking, financial problems arose with the crew as well as various engine problems, coupled with insurance measures imposed by various lenders. The crew was then fired and the ship’s safeguarding was assigned to Georgios Daniil and Vasilis Parigoris.The ship was side docked to the port of Gythio, where it remained until June 1981 when it was declared unsafe due to wear on the docking ropes and an incline to the right because of water entering its hull.The port authorities asked for the ship to be moved to an anchoring site outside the port of Gythio for safety reasons, but the owners did not respond until the following November. It is stated in the book that “on approximately 12:30 pm on the 9th of November 1981 the ship was swept away to the sea, about 2 miles away due to severe weather conditions and it was temporary anchored”. But the temporary anchorage did not last for long as the ship was swept away again and finally stranded at its current location on the beach of Valtaki, about 3 miles northeast of Gythio. The ship was then simply abandoned there and no attempts were made to recover it).