- Aug 9, 2015
The print in English in the above photo says:
The Bay of Elounda was considered suitable as a supply base for the British Imperial Airways flying boat on the route connecting Britain with India. Imperial Airways carried passengers and also all the urgent correspondence of the Empire from Britain to India and Australia. The base-ship M.V. Imperial lay off shore in the bay during the 1930s. In August 1938 there were 8 weekly flights from England to Egypt, 5 of which would continue to Calcutta, India and Sydney, Australia. The whole journey would last less than 10 days while the same journey by boat would normally take 30 days.
The map shows the flying boat route from Australia to England ca 1935. On the map it shows the stop in Crete as Mirabella, which is just a couple of Kms south of Spinalonga and Elounda Bay.
Given the calm water in Elounda Bay, it's obvious why this spot was chosen as a refuelling stop for the flying boats.