Nicholas Paphitis
AP
February 13, 2014

For Perama, the ships have sailed.

This working class town at Athens’ western tip once hosted some of the busiest shipyards in Greece, a maritime country with one of the world’s biggest shipping industries.

Wages were good and jobs plentiful. Apartment blocks were built quickly along a steep, sea-facing hill from whose heights 2,500 years ago a Persian king watched the destruction of his invading fleet off Salamis island, in one of history’s most famous naval battles.

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