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From the 18th century in Skiathos were many shipyards, ‘tarsanades’ for commercial ships mainly in the St. George, near the lake, and as stated in Alexander Papadiamantis:
"All the long, sandy square, between the lake and the harbor, there was any grains of sand from sawdust, nor gravel free from neighboring chips. How many forests from wild wood transformer in a boat and high masts, with innumerable ropes and sails, and all the kind of boats will now slept the eternal sleep in the depths of the Mediterranean or the Black Sea. "
Chris Chimonas, who investigated the development of Naval Art on the island, informs us about the locations that are tarsanades in the "Images from the 'Tarsanades' of Skiathos'' version of the Cultural Center Municipality of Skiathos:
"The northern edge of the bay Kehria called Tarsanas and that because there construction ships in 'Kastrini' age of our island. From 1829 tarsanades transferred back to today's town of Skiathos, at the area of St. George, and later created and others in Glyfoneri, in Ammoudia, at Zacharaki, in Taliagria, in Shiferi, well as ... cottages places ..."
For the construction of ship worthy master shipbuilders and good craftsmen of the island used abundant timber of larch, this gave the dense forests of the island.
N. D. Epifaniadis in the preface of the publishing Foundation Epifaniadi "THE SHIPS OF SKIATHOS ' says:
"In the book A the Memorial of the island of Skiathos, which covers only a short period of almost two years - July 11, 1833 to 5 May 1835 - mentioned 280 acts, most of which relate in shipbuilding contracts, fare contracts, equity ships, loans, sea loans, which show the dynamic of Shipbuilding activity in the island.
Unfortunately, despite this capacity, especially in the 19th century, the islanders captains were unable to adapt to changes and advancing the new era of iron ships and steam thereby the shipping of Skiathos, wood and cloth, to shrink as it spreads the motor boat. "

D. Simiakaki


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