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Dimitrius Gabriles (1886-1976)

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Dimitrius Gabriles (1886-1976)

Posted: 23 Aug 2007 10:04PM GMT
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Dimitrius Gabriles was a merchant seaman born August 14, 1886 on the Greek island of Chios from the village of Kini. His family name was Gavrilis, but it was incorrectly listed by immigration officials. Dimitrius first sailed on a barkentine across the Atlantic to Argentina when he was 16. He lived in South America for six years before immigrating through San Francisco, CA from Callao, Peru, via Panama around 1908 and became a naturalized citizen. Dimitrius spent time sailing from England to the U.S., especially during the WWI and his ship was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland. He and other crew members drifted for several days in a lifeboat before they were rescued. He married, Maria Cohen Navarro, the daughter of a Greek (Sephardic) father and a Catalan (Catholic) mother in Barcelona. They had four sons: Luis, George, James & Alex. The family emigrated to the U.S after the first year of the Spanish Civil War and settled in Galveston, Texas. Dimitrius sailed on American ships until he was 71. Dimitrius died in Galveston during October, 1976 at the advanced age of of 90.

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