New Argo and Argonautic expedition

Σύγχρονη Αργώ

A new reconstructed Argo sails again after 3500 years of a scientific - experimental voyage in the Adriatic. On the initiative of Volos in 2004 began the reconstruction of prehistoric vessel through an Integrated Research Program Experimental Institute of Nautical Archaeology, NAFDOMOS 'with shipbuilder and captain Apostolos Kourtis and shipwrights Nick off.

For the construction of modern Argo gathered wood from Pelion, Mountain of the Centaurs and used tools and techniques of antiquity. The hull of the ship was built strictly observing the rules of ancient Greek ship, which now make it an international center of scientific and academic interest. The ship was completed in 2006 and 2007 saw the tests and trainings Pagasitikos Bay.

In June 2008 the modern Argo sailed from Volos on the Adriatic and 'caught' 28 ports (Chalkis, Piraeus, Patras, Preveza, Corfu Ag. Saranda,

Paxi, etc.), symbolically ending the island of Odysseus to Ithaca. There, after traveling nearly two months, completed 650 miles (1203.8 km).

The voyage of Argo was a great and unique adventure with many obstacles and serious risks. The legendary ship passed choppy seas and winds against the crew to row from 10 to 18 hours 24 hours under the hot summer sun.

The oars of the modern Argo kept firmly rowers, who were not athletes with increased capabilities, but everyday people (students, teachers, officers, lawyers, doctors, architects,

entrepreneurs, private employees) with strong willpower, determination, discipline, faith in the dream to the task, but with great psychological inventories. The group, which surpassed expectations with its performance, consisted of volunteers from various parts of Greece and abroad and spent two months of their lives in this endeavor. Honorary mentions the names of the modern argonauts:


1) Kourtis A. (Captain) 2) Adamos P. 3) Alexandropoulos I. 4) Anadiotis T. 5) P. Anastasopoulos 6) Andriadis C. 7) Andriadis Ch 8) K. Andrikopoulos 9) K. Vatsos 10) Veretziotis L.11) Vilaetis M.12) Giamakos p. 13) Gkinidis I. 14) Ch Gousios 15) S. Dimitriadis 16) Diallas p. 17) P. Dionysiou 18) Ch Drakatos 19) Zarkogiannis p. 20) Zacharakis A. 21) Zeimpekis  G. 22) Zoupis D. 23) Kakadiaris I. 24) Kalogerakis P. 25) K. Karathanos 26) Karkalas S. 27) K. Kechaidis 28) Kosmatos 29) Koutsoupas D. 30) Kralis B. 31) Kryvosidi P. 32) M. Lavdogiannis 33) Liolias I. 34) Lykomitros B. 35) Lymnios S. 36) S. Lytras 37) A. Makriyannis 38) Maltezos I. 39) K. Mavromatianos 40) Megalos D 41) Melakos A. 42) N. Moultanaris 43) Moutsinas D. 44) Bazis Ch 45) Babalas S. 46) Babalis C. 47) A. Pagiamtzis 48) K. Palaskas 49) Papavlachos C. 50) E. Papavlachos 51) Papadiakoumis D. 52) Papaioannou C. 53) A. Papapostolou 54) Paraskeuas 55 B) Paraskeua 56 N.) I. Pasachidis 57) P. Pernagkidi 58) Pesexidis A. 59) C. Romoudis 60) D. Samaras 61) M. Sapounas 62) K. Siatras 63) Synazos D. 64) Tatsoglou S. 65) S. Tourvas 66) Tsoupas C. 67) Fourkiotis C. 68) Chaliasos I. 69) Halaris A. 70) Chondronasios Ch 71) M. Tzanerakis 72) Trachanis P. 73) Boekestein P. 74) Ushacauil D.


Length 28.5 m
Width of 4.20 m.
External height 1.95 m.
Αργω πατρα
Height: 8m
Material fir (the elasticity)

Area: 55 m (Material woven canvas)

Two stone anchors -
bell-shaped rocks with ropes.

Attachments with ropes and knots sailors.
Construction associated with scratches, notch, and pegs (morsa and kavillies) without using metal binder (tack).

Type of wood: (five kinds of wood)
Karina: Beech
Chelisma: honey
Sterile: Oak
Sheathing: Pine
Mast: Come

Estimated Maximum Speed:
8.5 miles

Projected average speed:
6 miles

Length from 4.50 to 5.00 meters
Material: Spruce

Number of paddles
50 rowers, 50 oars
50 piston rowing boat (solitary fifty) with a simple auxiliary sails, built without frames semi-worked wood forest. Prehistoric ship of the 14th century BC Belongs to the typology of mainland shipbuilding school is in the same family with the long boats of Homer and later known plungers warships of antiquity.