A large motor-sailer cruising the Turkish and Greek Aegean,
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In any of these events, you have found an appropriate web page, one dealing with a large eleven-cabin gulet sailing the Turkish and Greek Aegean, the eastern Mediterranean, as well, Caferoglu 7. This Caferoglu comes equipped with a crew of five as well as with assorted forms of entertainment as listed above under "Equipment," all intended to provide guests with an unforgettable holiday. The crew is particularly important as between them they cater to guest wishes, taking the yacht where guests wish her to be taken, from isolated clear-water cove to white-sand beach, for example, producing in the Caferoglu kitchen memorable and healthful feasts enjoyed alfresco on the after deck, and describing for guests the crossroads of history, the passing of empires and the wakes of corsairs and crusaders. The wakes of the Barbarossa brothers, for example, and the Dragut brothers related to the Barbarossas by marriage of offspring. The wakes of Hospitaller Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem then at Rhodes including Pierre d'Aubusson, a seafaring grand master descended from French nobility whose vessels were to participate in the final three engagements cited below. Among others creating wakes in this part of the world were a seemingly endless list of Venetians who came to occupy much of the Turkish and Greek Aegean as victors following the Fourth Crusade's unholy rape and sack of Byzantine Constantinople. Among these latter were Antonio Grimani, Andrea Loredan, and Albano d'Armer. Opposing these Venetian intruders were seafaring Ottomans the likes of Kara Nisanci Davud Pasha, Kemal Reis, and Burak Reis, the term "reis" meaning "captain." These six seamen came together at the Battle of Zonchio which took place during one of Venice's several wars with the Ottoman Empire. The purpose of this war (1499-1503) was to prevent Ottoman expansion at the expense of Venice, and Venice sought in the first year of the war to prevent a huge Ottoman fleet from bringing siege artillery and other support to Ottomans including Sultan Beyazid II then besieging the Venetian outpost of Lepanto. The Ottomans were attempting to take from Venice all remaining Venetian outposts on the Greek mainland, Modone (Methoni) and Navarin (Zonchio) as well as Lepanto and others. While the Battle of Zonchio is often described as a series of four engagements on 12, 20, 22, and 25 August 1499, this page deals only with the initial engagement. Grimani, a wealthy merchant and future Venetian doge, disposed of a force including 46 war galleys, 17 merchant galleys, 40 galliots, and 40-odd other vessels including two large merchantmen of about 1200 registered tons. The latter, sometimes called round ships or cogs, were sail powered and each carried a complement of about 500 soldiers. They were commanded by Loredan and d'Armer, both charismatic and proven sea commanders from distinguished Venetian families. Grimani's counterpart was Davud Pasha, a Christian conscript converted to Islam as a youth and educated at Constantinople's elite Enderun Kolej for future military and civil leaders. He had some 260 vessels of all sorts including 50 galleys, 40 galliots, a very large number of ships intended to support Beyazid's siege of Lepanto, and two huge cogs having both sails and oars, cocce in Italian or goke in Turkish, each at 1500-1800 registered tons, mounting upward of 40 guns, and carrying 700 to 1,000 janissaries as well as crew. One of these latter two was commanded by Kemal Reis, the other by Burak Reis. Then in his forties and depicted below, Burak was a pirate (without Ottoman credentials) and corsair (with Ottoman credentials) who with Kemal had participated in the unsuccessful Ottoman siege of Rhodes in 1480 and in the 1487 Ottoman evacuation of Moors fleeing Spain. In between Burak had also monitored the 1482 flight of Cem Sultan from Corycus in Cilicia to Rhodes, a flight of a throne pretender welcomed by the throne incumbent, Beyazid II. And he had continued his monitoring when Cem moved on to France. It was this background which earned Kemal and Burak command of the two Ottoman cogs at Zonchio. The two fleets confronted each other off the port of Modone at mid-day on 12 August, Venice with the wind at her back. Upon signal for a general advance, Loredan and d'Armer took after the two Ottoman cogs as planned, a smaller merchantman and a merchant galley moved in support, and, inexplicably, the rest of the Venetian armada remained motionless. The Ottoman cog pursued by Loredan, commanded by Kemal Reis, broke free to open sea, and Loredan then moved in support of d'Armer, the two of them grappling onto the sides of Burak's vessel as inexpertly depicted above. During the ferocious hand-to-hand melee which then ensued a fire broke out at the stern of Burak's cog, some reports suggesting Burak himself fired his magazine as a last resort. Unable to cut themselves free, the fire spread to the Venetians on each side and all three ships burned to the waterline. The smaller merchantman which had moved in support also went to the bottom, while the lone Venetian galley participating suffered heavy casualties. A small Ottoman merchant vessel went to the bottom, as well. Thousands tragically lost their lives, including Burak and Loredan on the spot, while d'Armer was captured and later executed at Constantinople. Subsequent sea engagements that month were equally inconclusive with much less loss of life, but this first was the beginning of the end of Venetian rule on the Greek mainland, and it was the Venetians who sued for peace. Grimani was immediately cashiered. Kemal Reis known to the west as Camali was mistakenly credited with a victory. Davud delivered his essential support to Lepanto and continued until 1503 as Lord High Admiral of the Ottoman Navy. Burak Reis became a dead hero. The others were forgotten. Now lest you conclude the Turkish and Greek Aegean is nothing but battle wakes and watery tombs, we remind you of the aforementioned clear-water coves and white-sand beaches. Come visit with us in Gocek, 25 minutes by road from the international airport at Dalaman (DLM) and 42 nautical miles from the nearest Greek port at Rhodes. In Gocek we can put you aboard a crewed gulet for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter gulet with an experienced crew able to show you the entire Aegean, Turkish and Greek, able to show you Ottoman and Venetian wakes, and able to show you clear-water coves and white-sand beaches. Come join us aboard Caferoglu 7, a wonderful charter gulet sailing the Turkish and Greek Aegean. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at firstname.lastname@example.org