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Trehantiri - probably the most recognizable and commonly found today traditional Greek sailing boat. Trehantiri is significantly wide compared to its... more
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Trehantiri - probably the most recognizable and commonly found today traditional Greek sailing boat. Trehantiri is significantly wide compared to its length (length to width ratio being 3:1) and has a bow and stern that is made curved like the hull. The shape makes the boat very suitable for sailing and one of its major advantages is that it can sail with even the most harsh weather conditions. For this reason, no alterations to the hull shape have been needed since the 17th century.
According to historical data the first trehantiri was built in Hydra in 1658.
It is very sad to note that in recent times - ever since the European Union subsidised the destruction of small wooden fishing boats in 1991 - about 10.500 traditional wooden boats, mostly of the trehantiri type, have been destroyed. Thus, the Greek traditional shipbuilding art faces the danger of dying out.
Artwork #1 (blueprint version) from the collection of miniatures "The evolution of the Greek sailing vessels...
His love and admiration for the craftsmanship and form of the sailing-ships of the past, coupled with the adventurous & somewhat magical atmosphere of the "age of sail" is what fuels the intriguing work of Panagiotis Mastrantonis. Born in 1940 in Piraeus, Greece and with family roots from the islands of Hydra and Ios, the sea and maritime scenery seems to have had a lasting underlying influence on his creative psyche. After studying freehand drawing at the Art School of George and Eleni Vakalo and architectural drawing at the Athens Technological Institute, he worked as a professional architectural modeler until 1995. Since then he engaged exclusively in drawing his sailing ship portraits, using a unique mixed technique of freehand...