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Nikolaos Votsis and the torpedoing of Fetchi Buled
Sunday, 10 March 2013

Argyris Maltsides, T. Municipal Councillor of Thessaloniki

 

Argyris Maltsides wonders whether Votsi’s visit to Thessaloniki was accidental about 5 months before his death in Paris (Sept. 1931) from a serious illness. Both the author himself and all of us aknowledge that his great achievement connected him strongly with Thessaloniki. Maybe he adored her as his second hometown.

In 1934, the then-named settlement of Stylianos Gonatas in the east of Thessaloniki was given the name “VOTSIS” in honor of the glorious sub-admiral Nikolaos Votsis who managed to sink the Turkish flagship Fetchi Buled (Glorious Conquest) in the port of Thessaloniki during the struggle for the liberation of Macedonia in October 1912.

This maritime hero refers to the film of dear friend Argyris Maltsides which contains very important information about the recent history of Thessaloniki. That’s why anyone from Thessaloniki should read it.

The book is very tasteful, leathery and has 102 pages. The 21 chapters and the Annex include:

  • 48 photos and 10 newspaper reports.
  • A nautical map of the entry-exit route of torpedo 11 in the Thermaic Gulf on the night of October 18 1912.
  • A list of 25 crew men of both navigators.
  • The marble monuments of the Admiral in Thessaloniki (White Tower), the Maritime Museum of Litochoro, his hometown of Hydra and his family grave in the 1st Cemetery of Athens.
  • Details of his resignation from the post of High Commissioner of Greece in Istanbul.
  • Valuable information about the Turkish fortress of Grand Karabournou.
  • The book’s epimeter shows the lyrics of a stolen song about Admiral Votsis and the photo of the album with his contributors.
  • The author uses 10 bibliographical references, as well as other sources such as newspapers, archives and the internet. “Mr. Bakoglidis, dear Mayor of Kalamaria, the residents of the settlement can’t wait to see the park with the Votsi’s monument that you promised us 2 years ago. We too wish, along with the students of our schools to honor him every year. Don’t delay the project any longer. Nowadays, there is a lack of heroes in our country and Admiral Votsis is the perfect example. But are we ready to fight, to dare, not to be disappointed?”Thank you.Ananias Tsirabides, Emeritus Professor AUTh, Member of the Board of Directors of HARH

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