The acquisition of Neraida by John Latsis
John Latsis bought the Laurana in December 1949 from a Maltese ferry company, and early next year she sailed for the first time in the Argosaronic Gulf under the name she had received from her Italian owners about ten years before. She was renamed "Neraida" by Nicholas Plastiras in a ceremony held at the port of Hydra and after a roll-call vote held at sea.
The ship’s most frequent route was Piraeus - Aegina - Methana - Poros - Hydra - Ermioni - Spetses, although many times she laid anchor in Leonidio and Monemvasia, as well as in Nafplio, Salamina and Epidavros. In addition to running regular routes, the deck of the Neraida hosted social events, night cruises and balls.
In her roughly 25 year career in the Argosaronic Gulf, she had the opportunity to star, during the 1950s and 1960s, in numerous Greek films and also, in 1957, in Jean Negulesco's Hollywood production "Boy on a Dolphin", starring Sophia Loren, Alan Ladd and Clifton Webb.