The story behind our vessel names

Traditionally, Enesel Group managed vessels had been named after Lemos family ancestors maintaining a line of naming through an almost two-century-long family generation in shipping. That is the reason family recycles names of their glorious, lucky or profitable ships. It is well known that in previous and more innocent times when communications were expensive and access to information not instant, ship names were more important for trading purposes as charterers and brokers who recalled their names were more inclined to contact the owners for more business.

Capt. Antonios G. Lemos, one of the three sons of Georgios Constanti Lemos, or ‘’Papa-Lemos’’ worked together with his two brothers and acquired, with their father’s assistance, a small share in the sailing ship EVANGELISTRIA, which belonged to their uncle Ioannis Lemos. This effort was well rewarded, as the brothers managed to accumulate cash and soon thereafter were able to acquire their own sailing ship. The year was 1882 and the sailing ship was the 250-ton AVRA, which was registered in Syros. Unfortunately, in 1884 whilst in Marseille serving as the master of the AVRA, the older son Constantis fell ill with cholera and passed away. Despite this heavy setback, the family business was continued by the two remaining brothers, Antonios and Pantelis. In 1902, the family enterprise was wound up and Capt. Antonios G. Lemos started his own shipping business assisted by his sons. He passed away in a hospital on the island of Chios and was buried the following day in Oinoussai on December 27, 1927.

Agios Nikolas (i.e. Saint Nicholas of Myra (traditionally 15 March 270 – 6 December 342)), also known as Nikolas of Bari, was an early Christian bishop of the ancient Greek maritime city of Myra in Asia Minor (Ancient Greek: Μύρα, modern-day Demre, Turkey) during the time of the Roman Empire. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolas the Wonderworker. In another story, Nikolas is said to have visited the Holy Land. The ship he was on was nearly destroyed by a terrible storm, but he rebuked the waves, causing the storm to subside. Because of this miracle, Nikolas became venerated as the patron saint of sailors and merchants and his feast day is celebrated on 6 December.

Wife of Nikolas S. Lemos and daughter of Thomas Doxiadis. Irini N. Lemos is the mother of Andonis and Filippos Lemos who are now writing a new chapter in the Group’s history.

Katingo was a strong and dynamic woman, wife of Capt. Antonios G. Lemos– widely known as Kyrakatingo on their home island of Oinoussai– and daughter of Dimitris Pateras, who over the years had not only managed the family’s domestic finances but had saved large amounts of the money Antonios sent home and with which she was meant to have run her household. When on March 12, 1912 the steamship ELENI, which was uninsured, was wrecked off the coast of Marseille, Capt. Antonios G. Lemos lost all his wealth with her. It was then that Kyrakatingo announced that she had the means to help the family and at the same time she revealed some ceramic vases containing a variety of gold coins, hidden under their home’s wooden floorboards. Thanks to Kyrakatingo’s savings, Capt. Antonios G. Lemos embarked on a new journey which lasts for the 170 years now. In 1918, after a short illness, Kyrakatingo passed away and in her memory the family’s first ship acquired after the War was named after her.

Wife of Pantelis A. Lemos.

Pantelis (1893-1957) was the second of the four sons of Capt. Antonios G. Lemos, being both Marine Master and engineer. Ships having their name proved to be exceptionally lucky, sailing the world’s oceans for many years and bringing to their owners much profit.

Georgios Constanti Lemos, or widely known as “Papa-Lemos” was one of Constantis Lemos sons born in 1812. Papalemos was not only a successful seafarer and a shipowner in his own right from the 1840s, but was also ultimately to become priest, as well as the sole teacher of the island’s school, roles in which he offered great service to both his family and his fellow islanders. Papalemos lived through to 1892 and was blessed to see all three of his sons, Constantis, Antonios and Pantelis, becoming distinguished seafarers.

Spyros A. Lemos (1897-1962), the third of Capt. Antonios G. Lemos four sons, who following two big setbacks in 1922 and 1923 where the family suffered significant losses, he took the family helm basing himself in the UK and France, whilst trying to re-establish the family business on a solid footing.