Says Athina “Nounou” Martinos: “Forty Greek Shipowners came out of Thanassis Martinos’ company, Thenamaris!!”Thanassis went to China at age 17 (1967) and leased all our ships to the Chinese!!!” This, my friends, explains everything about Greek Shipping: Thanassis went to China 4 full years ahead of Henry Kissinger!!!
EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): If you have doubts about our assessments regarding the Hellenic tradition of navigation, please watch this video. It is as enjoyable – or more – as any TV miniseries. For those of us – like yours truly – who happened to be born in Pireaus (the historic hub of Greek commercial and military navy, and now, thanks to Chinese investments, the first port of the Mediterranean), this story rings as genuine and authentic as our family biography.
Athina “Nounou” Martinos, 96, is the living history of Greece and the reason this little country, the country the whole of humanity can call a “homeland”, is so unique. If Odysseus were alive, he would probably recognize Mrs. Martinos as his mother… We referred to the Martinos family a few days ago in a seminal essay regarding the Shipowners and their choices who represent the fundamental interests of Greece…
Athina’s brothers and her three sons are all shipowners. She says characteristically about her firstborn son Thanassis (The Mount Athos Civil Supervisor): “I can count at least 40 modern Shipowners that came out of Thanassis Company, Thenamaris…” She explains during this interview: “Thanassis went to China at age 17, (1967), and he leased to the Chinese all the ships we had!!!” This, my friends, explains everything about Greek Shipping: Thanassis went to China 4 full years before Henry Kissinger!!!
“We Hellenes have it in our DNA,” explains Mrs. Martinos… “Our veins have seawater flowing in them…”
The Martinos three brothers currently own 230 ships out of a total of over 4,000 Greek ships worldwide… And yes, they do business with the US, Russia, China, and any other country on Earth – like the Greeks always did… Hellenic peaceful cosmopolitanism, as expressed by navigation for 3,000 years, was and will again be the future of humanity…
I rest my case.
Enjoy the video (English subtitles)!!! The entire life story of Athina “Nounou” Martinos follows the video… It is in Greek (you can translate it by right-clicking on Google Chrome)…