Greek Ship

Greek Ship – Kish Island – Iran

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The Mysterious Greek Ship on the Beautiful Coral Island of Kish


In the west of the island, a massive ship has landed in the azure waters on the shores of Kish, which is known as the Greek Ship.  On a hot summer’s day, Kish natives saw a massive ship which had run aground near Baqou village with great astonishment.  With the passing of years, the reason for the ship running aground remains behind a haze of obscurity.  The ship was built by the William Hamilton Company in 1943, weighing 7061 tonnes and measuring 136 metres in length in Glasgow – Scotland.  On July 26th, 1966, when returning to Greece form Iran, the ship ran aground at latitude 20º 26′ N and longitude 54º 53′ E.  The Dutch tugboat, Orinoko, spent 80 days in vain trying to pull the ship out.  Many failed attempts were made to free it, but the passengers were finally forced to abandon ship, because it was not financially feasible to move it.  Information obtained from Lloyds of London insurance company show that the ship flew a Greek flag and was called Kolaof at the time.  The ship’s first name was “The Emperor’s Horn”, then “Naturalist”, and in the years 1959 to one year before its final anchorage, it was owned by the Iranian ship company and was called “Cyrus Fars” and “Hamedan”.  Watching the sun set slowly behind the Greek Ship in the azure waters of the Persian Gulf is an unforgettable and lasting memory.

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