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Catamaran, INPEX 2008 Special Cover

Date of Issue: January 03, 2008

Issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle, Chennai on the occasion of International Philatelic Exhibition held during January 02 - 06, 2008.

This special cover features fisherman in Catamaran and the Chennai Port in the background. The special cancellation is a catamaran.

Catamaran - (from Tamil language, kattu - "to tie" and maram - "wood") was the invention of the paravas, a fishing community in the southern coast of Tamilnadu, India. Catamarans were used by the ancient Tamil Chola dynasty as early as the 5th century AD for moving their fleets to invade Southeast Asian regions such as Burma, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

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