Bedia Sultan is a custom-built 114-foot gulet charter cruising
Turkey and Greece.
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Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning gulet charter cruising in Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. You must be searching for a gulet charter cruising Turkey or Greece, for a gulet cruising the cove-indented, beach-lined, pine-fringed coast of Turkey, or for a gulet cruising among remote under-populated islands of eastern Greece. Or for a gulet cruising both Turkey and Greece. On the same holiday! Alternatively you could be searching for an Ottoman princess by the name of Bedia. Why else would Google point you toward this web page. It has to be one or the other. If the latter, you are out of luck. There is little or no information concerning the Ottoman seraglio coming down to us in the pages of history, and there were apparently a number of Bedia Sultans. One of these was the offspring of Sultan Abdulmecid I (Abdulmejid I) and his favorite concubine Serfiraz Hanim. They gave birth to this Bedia Sultan on 30 September 1857 toward the end of the sultan's 22-year reign. Upon his death four years later at the age of 39, Abdulmecid had sired 37 children. Thus it is little wonder each child has been awarded but a few lines in the pages of history. We may surmise, though, that Bedia Sultan's childhood wanted for little as her mother is reported to have been the most profligate member of a profligate harem, and that harem expense on top of the cost of the Crimean War had left the empire not only with its first-ever foreign debt but as well with no ability to fund repayment. The Crimean War, of course, is most known for the 1854 charge of the British Light Brigade against entrenched Russian gun emplacements at the Battle of Balaclava, a disaster made famous by Britain's Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson. Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. "Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!" he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. For the Ottomans, however, the disaster took place at sea one year earlier when a flotilla of 62 and 44-gun frigates was caught by heavily armed 120 and 84-gun Russian ships of the line at anchor off Sinop on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, as painted at left by Ivan Aivazovsky. Lost were seven frigates and four other vessels, all but a 12-gun corvette escaping to Constantinople with the news. Curiously, this disaster took place at a time when Royal Navy Captain Adolphus Slade of Salisbury, Wiltshire, had been seconded to the Ottomans with the Ottoman rank of Rear Admiral. Having arrived four years earlier as "of counsel," Slade was considered to be in de facto if not nominal command of the Ottoman Navy. Known as Musavir (Mushavir) Pasha and not at Sinop himself, Slade's plan to deploy Ottoman ships of the line into the Black Sea rather than frigates had been countermanded by someone with more authority during his own separate deployment to the Black Sea. An eventual Royal Navy vice admiral, KCB, earlier serving in the Mediterranean aboard HMS Caledonia, a 120-gun ship of the line, Slade had already become a respected author as well as accomplished naval officer. Among four other books is his excellent and mostly first-hand account entitled Turkey and the Crimean War available from your favorite bookstore and covering both disasters. But this web page is about gulet charter cruising holidays in Turkey and Greece, about cruises along Turkey's southwest coast and among Greek Aegean islands. It is about charter cruising holidays idling under a gentle sun while floating on an azure sea. It is about isolated anchorages at pine-encircled coves, about sparsely-populated remote islands off the tourist track. It is about the culinary delights of Turkish cuisine, and about fresh seafood prepared as only Greeks prepare seafood. It is also about the pursuit of a perfect octopus salad, a pursuit kept tantalizingly alive by close approximations. Finally, it is about the charter cruising gulet Bedia Sultan sailing from Bodrum, ancient Halikarnassus, or from Gocek on the border between ancient Karia and ancient Lykia. Could you be thinking of a cruise originating in Gocek? Are you searching for Gocek even now? Well, Gocek is located at the head of its own gulf 42 nautical miles ENE of Rhodes Town and 25 minutes by road from the international airport at Dalaman (DLM). Gocek was in antiquity called Kalamaki by the Greeks and sat at the gateway to Lykia southeast around Mount Kragus. Lykia was home to many of Homer's Iliad heroes, and home as well to peerless stone masons with a history pre-dating the fall of Troy. North and west from Kalamaki stretched ancient Karia, Karians having had a number of prominent queens and a civilization which before the Minoans exercised dominion throughout the Aegean. At Gocek or at Bedia Sultan's home in Bodrum we can put you aboard a crewed motor-sailing gulet for a charter cruise not to be forgotten. We can put you aboard a charter cruising gulet with an experienced crew able to show you ancient Lykia and ancient Karia as well as numerous Greek Aegean islands with their own ancient history. Bedia Sultan, an hospitable crewed gulet available for charter cruising in Greece or Turkey or both. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at firstname.lastname@example.org