Hungary issued a stamp of 80ft in 2000 for Istavan Türr (1825-1908) who was a Corinth Canal architect see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istv%C3%A1n_T%C3%BCrr
The stamp shows also the Corinth Canal see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinth_Canal
The stamp depict a cruise vessel passing the canal, I have been passing the canal a few times with a vessel, so it could be not a large cruise vessel, after some time I found on the net the photo after which the stamp was designed which made the task a little bit easier to identify the cruise vessel. http://marciaminersroomwithaview.blogsp ... chive.html The image of the stamp is not so clear.
The stamp was issued in 2000 so the vessel had been in service before this time, comparing the small cruise vessels at that time sailing in the Mediterranean I am pretty sure she is the AEGEAN I under that name she was sailing from 1996 till 2010 in the Mediterranean.
She was built as a ro-ro cargo vessel under yard No 617 by Santierul Naval Galatz at Galati, Rumania for Zim Israel Navigation Co, Haifa, Israel.
Launched as NARCIS four sisters the PALTINIS, IRIS, PASCANI and PERIS.
Tonnage 8,224 grt, 3,928 net, 4,147 dwt, dim. 111.51 x 20.50 x 6.57m
Powered by two 14-cyl. Pielstick-Crossley diesel engines, 10,300 kW, speed 17 knots.
August 1973 delivered to owners.
1985 Sold to Dolphin Hellas Shipping, Piraeus, Greek and renamed ALKYON.
1986 Converted to a cruise vessel by Perema Shipyard, Perema, Greek, length 140.5m, 11563 grt. Renamed AEGEAN DOLPHIN.
Passenger’s accommodation for 720 passengers.
1988 In service as a cruise vessel in the Mediterranean based at Venice. Managed by Dolphin Hellas Shipping.
1989 Renamed in DOLPHIN after chartered by a new formed cruise company the South Pacific Cruises and planned to use her in a service from Sydney, Australia.
It was planned to commence a weekly cruise service between Sydney and New Caledonia, but before the service was started it became apparent that the vessel could not maintain the charter speed as given in the charter party, which meant that she could not maintain a weekly service, the charter was cancelled and became the subject of a lengthy lawsuit. South Pacific Cruises went out of business without having operated a single cruise with the DOLPHIN.
September 1989 renamed again in AEGEAN DOLPHIN.
31 October 1994 laid up at Piraeus.
1996 Renamed in AEGEAN I and chartered by Discovery Cruises for service in the Mediterranean.
April 1996 chartered by Renaissance Cruises.
1998 Managed by Golden Sun Cruises, Piraeus.
2005 Chartered by Louis Hellenic Cruises.
February 2008 owned by Aegean Experience MC, Piraeus.
April 2010 owned by Aegean Experience Maritime-Mta, Piraeus and renamed AEGEAN ODYSSEY.
She was refitted and renovated in Ermoupoli, Greek, passenger accommodation for 380 passengers and 180 crew.
2014 Same name and owners, under Malta flag and registry, IMO No 7225910.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Aegean_Odyssey http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/narcis_1973.htm Australian Cruise ships by Peter Plowman.
23 May 1957 launched under the name WILLIAM CORY.
Tonnage 1.578 grt.1.238 net, dim. 244.5 x 35.2 x 17.8ft.
Powered by 2 steam engines 180hp.
Three masts, schooner rigged.
Her registered owner was H.Taylor.
She was built for the purpose of developing the South Wales trade, in which Wm Cory Jr. had taken an interest with John Nixon.
Carried two thin funnels abreast, right aft, the stamp shows one funnel, a design fault on the stamp.
She was chartered by Glass Elliot & Company for cable work, later by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company.
1858 Laid Cable between Suffolk and the Netherlands, and from Cromer to Helgoland, Germany.
1861 From Algiers to Toulon, and from Otranto to Corfu in the Mediterranean.
1866 Landed the eastern end of the new Atlantic cable at Valentia, Ireland, and the Lowestoft to Norderney section from the Indo-European cable.
1869 The French Atlantic cable from St Pierre et Miquelon to Duxbury, Mass. USA.
1870 Carried part of the red Sea cable for the Indo-European cable.
Marseille to Bona together with CS SCANDERIA.
1870 Laid the cable between Penang and Singapore.
1882 Her registered owner is given as J.Fenwick & Son, London.
1888 Her registered owner is given as R. Jobson and Co., West Hartlepool.
1896 Transferred to Wm. Cory and Son Ltd.
May 1900 Sold to Dutch shipbreakers and broken up in Dordrecht, Netherland.
Ireland 1979 13p sg 457, scott 464
Source: http://www.atlantic-cable.com/stamps/Ca ... ndexbc.htm World Ships publication: One Hundred Years Cory Fleet.