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 About the research profile of Nikolaos Papadogiannis, please see: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/staff/nikolaspapadogiannis.html (last accessed: 14 June 2015). Dionysis Notarakis is a columnist at at the Efoplistis Maritime Magazine.