National Geographic : 1963 Jul
KODACHROMEBY AL MELLETT Cloth of gold worn by Greek Orthodox clergy glitters in an Epiphany procession celebrating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. Gold-crowned Metropolitan of Mantineia and Kynouria will cast his cross into Piraeus harbor to bless the waters upon which Greek shipping and fishing depend. Priests and archimandrites (center) bear crucifix, Bible, and an icon depicting the baptism. Yachts Bob in Tourkolimano, Pleasure Cove of Piraeus Themistocles built Piraeus, five miles from Athens, to supply the fleet that maintained his city's empire. The port is still Athens' shipping and industrial center. Greeks flood to this quay to munch pistachios and listen to strolling musicians, dine on Aegean seafood and enjoy the view of distant Hymettus. Overhauled propeller hangs in a maze of tackle at a ship's stern. Hellenic Shipyards Co. at Skaramanga belongs to the Niarchos interests, which oper ate one of the world's largest privately owned tanker fleets. Their ways cover site of a yard destroyed in World War II.