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Old 12-01-2011, 11:33
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Default Kanaris 1917

Hi Guys,

A World War I request on a slightly obscure French Navy vessel, the Kanaris.
I have the following information from a variety of sources, but so far have failed to find any illustration.

Extract from for Greek Navy
Torpedo Depot Ship
Kanaris (1877), 1,100 tons. I.H.P. 500 = 14 knots. Armament, 2 - 3.9" Krupp and a few machine guns.

Other notes for Kanaris
Built J&G Thomson, Clydebank and launched 1878 as SS Walrus.
Became SS Gettysburg (when?) and then to Hellenic Navy as Psara in 1880.
Renamed Kanaris in 1889. Seized by French Navy in December 1916.
French Navy depot ship at Malta from January 1917 until 1918 (maybe 1919), when it was returned to the Greek Navy.
Kanaris was placed on the sale list in 1921, sold in 1923 as a merchant ship, BU 1933 in Italy.

I am mainly interested in the period of French Navy service, which I believe was spent mainly at anchor in Grand Harbour, Valletta. I would like to confirm its departure date from Malta, as I have seen both 1918 and 1919 quoted.

Also, if any can point me to a photo or illustration, that would be great!

MTIA, Alan

PS: there's nothing on Kanaris in Couhat's book or on the Memoire des Hommes website, but I live in hope that something exists somewhere.
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Old 13-05-2014, 20:45
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I don't know about a possible use in Malta, but here are two photos of the ship as she appeared early in her career. She was used by the Greek Navy as a tender for torpedo boats, a minelayer, a supply ship and generally as an auxiliary.

Kanaris.jpg Kanaris (2).jpg
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Old 30-07-2014, 14:26
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Many thanks for the images and apologies for the delay in replying.

I did find an image of Kanaris, courtesy of Photoship, which although not dated, does seem to be the same vessel. Copy attached.

If anyone has more information regarding the return of this ship from use by the French Navy as base-ship at Malta to the Greek Navy, I would be very pleased to hear from you.
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Old 31-07-2014, 16:34
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Hello Alan and all,
Found in Mémoire des hommes mention of the Canaris (spelling looking more French...) being in Malta on 12 September, 1917, according to a report of proceeding by sloop Impatiente.
Limited addition indeed. Sorry
J. Lassaque
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Old 12-12-2014, 17:24
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Here is a photograph of Kanaris in Malta. On the verso side is written, in French, Malta, 27th March 1917. The French national flag can be seen flying on the stern.

All the best,

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