'NERAIDA' - The floating museum visits Ermioni

Another piece of history in Ermioni.  I suppose living here, one is lucky to appreciate the history associated with this vessel.  The 'Neraida' was built in Italy in 1939, under the name of 'Laurana', and during the Second World War served as a hospital ship. After having survived the Second World War, the ship was bought by John Latsis and shortly afterwards began running passenger routes in the Saronic Gulf under the name she still has today, 'Neraida', mountain mist

The 'Neraida' was considered one of the fastest ships of its day in Greece. She became famous in Ermioni as being the only ship to leave Piraeus at 08:00 and arrive in Ermioni just after 12:00, calling in to Aegina, Methana, Poros and Hydra on-route. She also hosted statesmen and public celebrities.  In 1956 'Neraida' was used in the movie 'Boy on a Dolphin', which starred Sophia Loren and Alan Ladd.
When the time came for the boat to be de-commissioned from its Argo-Saronic ferry service, she was reconstructed and since, has become a floating museum, where she will be berthed in Piraeus.  Prior to sailing to her final permanent home, 'Neraida' called in to say her final farewell to all her previous ports of call during her ferry service period.  With this, she was in Ermioni for two days, before her final sailing from Ermioni on Friday 20 September 2013, on to Hydra, Poros, Aegina and Piraeus.  
The museum is all about preserving and exhibiting aspects of contemporary Greek business history.  In part, it is also a biographical museum, contained within the historical shell of the museum-ship itself.  The exhibition contains three main sections:
  • Exhibition space A presents the history of the ship from 1939 - 1974.
  • Exhibition space B presents the chronicle of the rebuilding of the ship, from 2007 – 2010.
  • The central museum space C focuses on the business career of John S Latsis, presenting many of his business decisions and actions within the context of international and Greek political, economic and social developments. 
  • The multi function room, which contains a photographic exhibition, can serve as a conference space and lecture theatre, as well as host educational programmes.