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Claims to fame include:

• Pioneer in steamships
• Established the model for London-Greek shipping agencies
• Financial backer for late 19th century Greek shipowners

PANAGIS Vaglianos, scion of a prominent trading family from the Ionian Sea island of Cephalonia, has been described by the eminent maritime historian Gelina Harlaftis as "the first Greek shipping tycoon" and "the Onassis of his time".

Even the illustrious Chiot shipowners of the 20th century acknowledged him as a "patriarch of Greek shipping".

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