Hydra Maritime Legacy
Updated: Nov 12, 2019
During most of the Ottoman rule period, Hydra was not that important. However, in the 17th century, a maritime and commercial start came up, which included the establishment of the first school for sailors in 1645.
After 1718 and until 1750 approximately, Hydriots built several vessels, making Hydra an important commercial port. By 1780 the island owned almost 100 vessels. In the 19th century, Hydra reached 125 vessels and thousands of sailors, and a prosperity obvious from the mansions of captains and its 15.000 inhabitants.