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Maritime Families

During the 19th century, the merchants and shipowners of the Ionian island of Kefalonia have developed a significant activity in the area of trade and maritime transport. According to the recent research findings, the number of Kefalonian families engaged in maritime trade and shipowning exceeded 250. Here, we have chosen to present the most important of the above mentioned families; more precisely the families of:
1. Athanasoulis
2. Ambatielos
3. Vaglianos
4. Vergottis
5. Gianoulatos
6. Luzis
7. Lykiardopoulos
8. Metaxas
9. Potamianos
10. Svoronos
11. Tsitselis
12. Fokas

(Sources: a) Gelina Harlaftis, Helen Beneki and Manos Haritatos, Ploto, Greek shipowners from the late 18th century to the eve of WWII, ELIA/Niarchos Foundation, 2003 (in Greek and English) b) Nicolaos B. Μetaxas , The Mariners of Kefalonia and Ithaca. Biographies for 600 mariners (1850-1970), E.M.E.IS, Athens 2002.c) • Panayiotis S. Kapetanakis, ‘The deep-sea going merchant fleet of the Seven Islands during the time of British conquest and protection and the Cephalonian prominence (1809/15-1864). Fleet and ports, cargoes and sea-routes, maritime centres and seamen, entrepreneurship and networks, society and shipowning elites,’ Ph.D. thesis, Dpt of History, Ionian University, typescript.)

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