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.
18 May 1942 launched under the name AGIR.
Tonnage 676 gross, 199 net. Dim. 186.0 x 29.1ft.
Powered by a 9-cyl. Sulzer diesel engine, ?hp, speed ?.
After the war taken by the United Kingdom and brought to England.
Rebuilt in a salvage tug, renamed HERCULES in 1949.
1950 Based at Gibraltar.
1954 Sold to Denizicilik Bankasi T.A.O., Kurturlu A.S., Istanbul, renamed in HORA.
From 1954 till 1958 as salvage tug at Büyükedere, Turkey.
From 1958 till 1968 as salvage tug at Izmir, Turkey.
1968 Taken over by the Port Authorities of Izmir and used as stationary pilot boat by Izmir port.
1970 Sold to Maden Tetkik Arama, and rebuild in an oceanographic survey vessel, the company is controlled by the Turkish Government.
Renamed in MTA SISMIK-I.
Tonnage 750 gross, 275 net, 353 dwt. Dim. 56.75 x 8.87 x 3.96m. (draught)
Powered by one Nohab-Polar diesel, 1.050 hp., one propeller, speed 13 knots.(most probably her engine then also replaced)
Bunker capacity 100 tons.
Number of berths total for 42 persons.
1972 She came in the news when there was a conflict between Greece and Turkey over coastal waters around Greek islands near the Turkish coast. The MTA SISMIK-I sailed then to these waters under escort of Turkish destroyers to carry out some survey work.
2006 given by http://www.equasis.org IMO No. 5154806, owned and managed by MTA Enstitusu at Istanbul.
Call sign TCVR.
Source: Lloyds Register 1955/56. Navicula. Some web-sites.