Organizing Entities and Associations of Syros decided to revive the 2019 ‘Maritime Week’, an institution that ceased to exist as time went by. The Naval History of Syros is well-known all over the Greek State for the human resources that has offered and still does so to the Greek Commercial Shipping.
The incubators of experts, captains, engineers that have contributed in organizing and developing Greek Shipping can be found in Syros: schools of Captains and Engineers of Commercial Shipping, Shipyards, engineering venues.
Having a heavy legacy and history, it is indicative that in 1861 when Neorion Shipyard is founded, the first shipyard in Greece and several other smaller shipyards, too, 8- ships per year were constructed in its premises. A cited point of reference in the history of Syros is the construction of the first Greek Steamship in 1854.
The reasons that led to the cancellation of the ‘Maritime Week’ are known to everybody and need not to be mentioned hereby.
Many schools that visit our island during their educational trips get to know all these venues, learn their history and alongside all the other beautiful characteristics of our island fill their spiritual luggage with knowledge that cannot be taught at school.
The purpose of the Maritime Week is to remind the elder ones and teach the younger ones through the events, of the values and the importance of the history and the heritage of our island that younger people have to take over and continue to preserve.
Back in time
The reasons that led people of Syros of that time to revive those celebrations were easy to understand.
Hermoupolis was the most important Greek port, supporting its own shipping, Customs Office, shipyards, as well as the first Yacht Club in Greece and the first Lykeio of Greek Women (an Association that upholds Greek cultural heritage).
Recreational sports and games, swimming and rowing races, nights dedicated to fishing and eating fish, dancing, traditional music, flag decorating took place with the help and participation of several people that worked at the sea and the shipyards and the participation of ships as well.
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