Kaliviani - old wreck at the beach
A ran aground colossus named Santa Maria was the famous landmark of Kaliviani. The freighter for 26 years was a well-known photo motive at the wild coast of Kaliviani. The ship was disabled and ashore. 10 years ago in 1997, I met one of the signed on seamen. He is Indian and told me his story. Since then he never left Crete and met the love of his live here on Crete. She is Cretan woman and since then his wife. Together they live still now at the other end of Crete in Iearapetra (in the southeast). Ones a year the seaman, I forgot his name, spends some holidays here in Kaliviani and visits the wreck witch brought him so much luck. Now, since the dismantling and recycling of the wreck, I do not believe to see him again.
The wreck, for many people like a magnet, has made many friends and fans. It tempted into making interesting pictures from different ankles. It was also me to visit several times the hull making some photos of its inside. Indeed, it was a little adventure to know such a lot of instable metal around you while climbing inside of it! It was also exiting not only to hear but also to feel the waves knocking at the wall of the ship. It was not easy not to get dizzy watching what was still inside the wreck, because everything what is usually vertical like walls, doors and furniture got out of place into diagonal.
Year by year the still rise up poles bowed down to sea level until the hull got over in the middle. It seemed like the ship was not sure in what direction to bow. There was already graffiti outside at the ship log time before this kind of art was well known also in bigger Cretan cities. Artists of any kind created objects, fascinated by the different surfaces, rotten colour layers and rust.