“So I experienced the great earthquakes”. A shocking personal testimony. (Part Three)

The Role of the Fighter and the Apprenticeship Schools
Now what does the Fighter do and what did so many days when we went to Patras or Piraeus making the round of the Peloponnese because the isthmus was closed? Especially now that the garages started building wooden houses and wanted help.

The National Foundation, with a president, as I had written, Queen Frederick also had apprenticeships and students were learning about carpenters, blacksmiths, plumbers, builders. And they were called Frederick’s children. The Fighter was also a school for training of sailors, armenians, lubricants and machine operators. Now the pupils’ turn. At the command of Queen Frederick, all students from all faculties are transferred to the earthquake-stricken areas to work, do lessons and stay in Toll.

The apprenticeship schools were in Corfu, Leros, Agios Nikolaos, Volos and Mytilene. The first order that took the boat was for Agios Nikolaos. In Agios Nikolaos we arrived, there were two German cargo ships, one locust and the other grapes for Germany. We took some 300 people from the eastern part of Crete that is Agios Nikolaos and straight course Kythera and a 90-degree turn for Kefalonia. On Corfu our pupils got last where there was an unexpected event. We left Corfu at midnight and at 4 o’clock in the morning the first engineer, Plararch Lazaros Droudes, suffered in the stomach of bleeding. We put him on the belly, and in two hours came the destroyer glory that was in Patras and he had a doctor and took him to the Patras hospital.

Then, in any case, Leros at Lakki port from there Kefalonia, Volos and again Kefalonia. The pupils of Mytilene brought them to Piraeus. In Kefallonia there was a world of material, and an orgasm. The first results became apparent. The acute problems began to be blunted, the feeding and housing that started from scratch, reached a satisfactory level.

The Ikarians know and play instruments singing and writing poems which they then sing. On the boat we had pupils, one of them wrote and sang the following song accompanied by the bagpipe.

The Chaos set up dancing in Ados the darkness and three beautiful islands made them a travesty

Homes and churches were burnt down The bells stormed The bells The children and the children The manes

Ithaca and Kefalonia and Zakynthos are nice and in life and in the crash you have found yourself

But the souls of the Greeks put it all up to rebuild the islands through the black ashes

Ithaca and Kefalonia and the renowned Zante again will be reborn the Levante

However, the pace of reconstruction with antiseismic specifications of Greek technicians began in the Ionian Islands. General inspector of anti-seismic structures was Makis Apostolatos, who until two years had learned that he was living in Thessaloniki. Anxiously, day by night on foot to inspect the concrete reinforcement. Iron … Iron to see your eyes … From all over Greece, they moved construction technicians of all the specialties, moulders who worked the concrete with their hands because there were no concrete mixers, plasterers, everything. The construction of antiseismic houses.

On August 28, 1954, after 29 months of service to the Royal Navy, I got the baccalaureate and was fired with excellent performance and excellent skill.

The fighter
The fighter was like a base ship with Argostoli port. Let me also write the origin of the ship. It was built at the Strong Airon Constructions yard in Canada with the desirability of offshore offshore, because the minefields were everywhere in all the seas.

In 1946, the Greek government took six of these ships for passenger and ferry services, because all vessels operating pre-sea shipping were sinking. He bought it and the Tokyo company called it Cyclades, and after removing the weaponry and doing some work, the routes began. They then changed their minds and joined the Royal Navy’s power, with the names of Armatolos, Naval, Warrior, Fireman, Fighter.

Let me also write the officers of the ship: Nikolaos Vasileiadis governor with the rank of subordinate.Throughout the Second World War, he was active. Athanasios Athanassiou ‘Exarch. He was 32 years old, the Commodity Commander and served his term. Engineers were: Lazarus Druses, engineer of the 2nd World War Warfighter. Leonidas Leonidopoulos b engineer of the submarine engineer. Non-commissioned officers were four Armenian specialists and two radio operators. Non-commissioned engineers were six, as well as two non-commissioned electricians.

The Metropolitan of Ierissos
When I came to Athens in 1946, I found a house on 31 Ermou Street in an attic that climbed 92 stairs, having no elevator. This attic had been rented since 1942 and a student of theology. Paul Sophos, who was living in the church of Agia Irini at Aiolou Street. Adam’s mother had a cell at the Petraki Monastery, and every Sunday she came to Ermou with garlic that was the pope’s favorite. The Eptanissians have a drink for them. Later he became a priest and was appointed to the Aretaieio Hospital. He even knew my uncle, Romanos, who was in America, so every Sunday he came to see me and showed interest in me when I was 16 years old, I was a night engineer and I was working on a day.

In 1948 I left Ermou Street and went to Kallithea. I then learned that Father Paul went to his native island of Zakynthos and became a preacher of the Metropolis.

When the troops entered the line, we stayed in the ports of Zakynthos and Kefalonia for several hours.I then ask a gentleman who was an earthquake and tells me that they have tied the priests and that Father Paul is there as well. In the camp I reached 50 tents in front with the shutters closed, a diacon who wore a jeans pants and without a helmet went to the tent of Paul. Such a scene, that you write, can not give the picture. Inside the tent two campaign beds with a blanket each and Father Paul with a pair of jeans and a shirt of saladaden. What was that cry? God has punished my child, he told me. I do not remember what chronology, but later became Metropolitan of Ierissos and Mount Athos. *

* This is the Metropolitan of Ierissos, Mount Athos & Ardameriou, Pavlos Sofos, who served as Metropolitan from 1960 until 1978.

“What I wrote is nothing in the face of the real picture. And the English saying goes: “Reality is neither spoken nor read. See”. And I was lucky – misfortune to see it. ”

And that is how the real shocking tale of Mr. Constantinos Sarantidis of Plato from Lesotho Mesotopo that was found from the very first moment on our island, which was severely hit by the earthquakes. As poulatakefalonias.gr we would like to thank again Mr. Sarantidis who trusted us his manuscripts and wish him and his family to be happy and happy.

 

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