11 Greek Shipwreck ‘Open’ For Visits


The Greek Culture Ministry recently declared that eleven shipwrecks that lie nearby Kea, Milos, Crete, Skiathos, Evia, and Halkidiki are now accessible to divers and visitors for exploration, says an article published in GTP News.

Exploration allowed

The shipwrecks comprise a variety of vessels, from ocean liners to steam- and concrete boats, and were designated as monuments after being documented by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities.

Only the shipwreck’s outside parts are permitted for diving and exploration, according to the ministry of culture.

Only research-related exploration of a shipwreck may be permitted after a determination by the relevant ministerial services.

Open for visits

The following shipwrecks are open for visits:

– Ocean liner HMHS Britannic, Kea

– Ocean liner S/S Burdigala, Kea

– Paddlewheel steamboat Patris, Kea

– Cargo steamboat Artemis Pita, Milos

– Cargo steamboat Sifnos, Milos

– Steamboat Minnewaska, Marathi, Crete

– Shipwreck Mytilini, Kassandra, Halkidiki

– Shipwreck, Kalamitsi, Halkidiki

– Concrete ship SS Creteland, Aghis Georgios, Evia

– Concrete ship Pioneer I, Lichades, Evia

– Steamboat Volos, Lefteris reef, Pelion – Skiathos

Seabed prohibited

Divers are not allowed to do anything that could endanger the wrecks or speed up their degradation. 

It is also forbidden to take anything from the wrecks or the bottom nearby, or to transfer it.

Interested parties must send an email with their contact information to eea-shipwrecks@culture.gr one day before diving.

More shipwrecks will soon be open to the public, the culture ministry claims.

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Source: GTP News


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