Argyris Maltsidis, former Municipal Councilor of Thessaloniki
Argyris Maltsidis expresses his question whether it was a coincidence that Votsis visited Thessaloniki about 5 months before his death in Paris (Sept. 1931) from a serious illness. Both the author himself, and all of us, appreciate that his great achievement linked him firmly to Thessaloniki. Perhaps he worshiped it as his second birthplace.
In 1934, the then called settlement Stylianos Gonatas, east of Thessaloniki, was given the name “Votsis” in honor of the glorious Vice Admiral Nikolaos Votsis who managed to sink the Turkish flagship Fethi Bulent (Glorious Conquest) in the port of Thessaloniki during the struggle for the liberation of Macedonia in October 1912.
To this naval hero is mentioned the book of my dear friend Argyris Maltsidis which contains very important information about the recent history of Thessaloniki. That is why it should not be missing from any home of a Thessalonian.
The book is very stylish, leather bound and has 102 pages. The 21 chapters and the appendix include:
- 48 photographs and 10 newspaper articles.
- A nautical map of the entry-exit route of the torpedo boat 11 in the Thermaikos Gulf on the night of 18 October 1912.
- A list of the 25 men of the crew and the two navigators.
- The Admiral’s marble monuments in Thessaloniki (White Tower), in the Maritime Museum of Litochoro, in his birthplace Hydra and in his family grave in the 1st Cemetery of Athens.
- Details of his resignation as High Commissioner of Greece in Constantinople.
- Valuable information about the Turkish fortress of Megalo Karambournou.
- At the book’s epigraph the lyrics of a thieving song about Admiral Votsis and a photograph of the album with its contributors, are presented.
- The author uses 10 bibliographic references, as well as other sources such as newspapers, archives and the internet.
Mr. Bakoglidis, dear Mayor of Kalamaria, the residents of the settlement are eager to see the park with the Votsis monument that you promised two years ago. We, too, with our schoolchildren, wish to honor him every year. Do not delay the project any longer. Today when heroes/standards are lacking in our country, Admiral Votsis offers himself as an ideal example of such a man. But are we ready to fight, to dare, not to be disappointed?
Ananias Tsirambides, Professor Emeritus AUTh, Member of the Board of Directors of HARH