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The 'Hand' monument in Chania  - 25th February 2007

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The 'Hand' monument in Chania

 

The "Hand" monument at the bottom of Theotokopoulou Street in Chania commemorates the ferry disaster of 1966 when the ferryboat 'Heraklion', an 8900-ton auto and passenger ferry sunk in a storm midway during the crossing from Souda to Piraeus in the night of the 7th to 8th of December.

Only a few of the passengers and crew had life jackets. Others clung to debris or quickly drowned in the cold December sea. Intensive searches by many ships managed to rescue 47 passengers but 234 (the exact number was never known) drowned. They were mainly Cretans.

Greek readers can read more about it here

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