Gavin Menzies in his book, The Lost Empire of Atlantis, details the destruction of Thera and Crete, two islands with ruins of the Minoan civilization. The eruption of Santorini and the collapse of its caldera caused a tsunami that wiped out Crete which was less than 100 miles away.
The story of the destruction is heralded by a history video available on You-Tube.
Menzies also points out the wide-spread commerce of the Minoan merchant vessels. An American tobacco beetle was found under the volcantic ash on Thera. It could only have arrived in Europe as a passenger on a ship.