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EXPRESS SKOPELITIS (ΕΞΠΡΕΣ ΣΚΟΠΕΛΙΤΗΣ)

-Small Cyclades Lines

Built in 1986 (age 38). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Naxos-Irakleia-Schoinousa-Koufonisi-Donousa-Amorgos-Ios-Santorini

The legendary small ferry EXPRESS SKOPELITIS, known as the 'Little Hero of the Lesser Cyclades Islands', was built in 1986 in Greece, as the ERESSOS II of Baïraktaris Shipping. She began service on the Mytilene-Ayvalık line, connecting Greece with Turkey. After 12 years, she was sold in 1998 to the Amorgos-based company Small Cyclades Lines, owned by the Skopelitis family. She was renamed EXPRESS SKOPELITIS and was deployed on the Naxos-Irakleia-Schoinousa-Koufinisi-Donousa-Amorgos-Ios-Santorini line, replacing the older ship SKOPELITIS, which was retired. Ever since entering the service, the ship and her company have been lauded by Lesser Cyclades residents for their loyal and efficient service, with the ferry operating all year round and being in many cases the main supplier of goods to these islands. She has hence been considered to be an icon in these islands, as well as in the Greek coastal service, where she has been mentioned several times as one of its greatest-ever ferries.

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