These 43-foot catamarans cruising Greece and Turkey
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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 charter catamarans and others cruising Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the blue links immediately above. Thank You. You must be searching for a charter cruise in Greece or Turkey. You may even be searching for charter catamarans cruising Greece or Turkey. It is even possible you are searching for Broadblue charter catamarans cruising Greece or Turkey. Whichever, you have come to the right place. This web page deals specifically with the latter possibility but necessarily with the other two possibilities, as well. This page also deals with cruising remote and under-populated islands of Greece's broad blue Aegean. It deals, too, with cruising Turkey's pine-clad and cove-indented southwest coast. Should you be dreaming of a catamaran cruise with your family among motorbike islands crowned with medieval castles, or along Turkey's tree-fringed eastern Mediterranean coast en route from ancient walled acropolis to ancient lighthouse, the Broadblue 435 may be most appropriate. Should you be dreaming of children actually reveling in history, should you imagine your children absorbing without urging lessons in history piled atop lessons in geography, well, if so, you have again come to the right place. You have come to the crossroads linking Europe, Asia, and Africa. You have come to the birthplace of history, and there is plenty of evidence to prove it. You have come to the birthplace of Herodotus who wrote at Halicarnassus, modern Bodrum, the first history text, entitled History, in the middle of the fifth century before the Christian era. You have come to the birthplace of Artemisia of Halicarnassus, Queen of ancient Caria and heroine of the 480 BCE Battle of Salamis between Greeks and Persians. And aboard your mobile classroom you may read about Artemisia in that first history text, a text still in publication 2500 years later. You have come to the capital city of Mausolus who commissioned the building of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. You have come to Alexander's 334-333BC path along the coast of Asia Minor, a path seriously interrupted only at Halicarnassus. You have come to the birthplace of Ptolemy Philadelphus, Egyptian pharaoh and Cleopatra forebear, at Kos Town eleven nautical miles from Halicarnassus. You have come to a realm of the Byzantine Empire, the longest surviving empire in history. You have reached crossroads along which all four major Crusades passed. Minor Crusades, too. You have arrived in the backyard of the Knights Hospitaller, the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem who maintained at Rhodes the world's most advanced medical facility, and who maintained at Rhodes and at Halicarnassus and at Kos Town one of the Mediterranean's most respected maritime fighting forces. And you have put to the same sea long the haunt of privateers, corsairs, and pirates, prominent among whom was Turgut Reis, known to the west as Dragut and to the east as The Drawn Sword of Islam, born within shouting distance of Halicarnassus, home port of Broad Blue catamarans. At this forecourt of history there were also figures of more recent prominence, one of them the well-known poet, bon vivant, and philhellene George Gordon Lord Byron depicted above who gave his life and much of his fortune to the cause of revolutionary Greece. Another was the not-so-well-known Frank Abney Hastings depicted at lower left who also gave his life and much of his fortune to the cause of revolutionary Greece. Six years Byron's junior, Hastings was born in 1794 near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, the second son of General Sir Charles Hastings and Parnell Abney, and the grandson of the 10th Earl of Huntingdon, Francis Hastings. His mother an heiress in her own right, Francis Hastings was to inherit an estate in spite of primogeniture. Even so he entered the Royal Navy at the tender age of eleven as a Volunteer First Class and was assigned to HMS Neptune, a 98-gun ship of the line. The year was 1805 and Neptune soon deployed to the coast of Spain and to the Battle of Trafalgar where she followed immediately astern of Nelson's flagship into the thick of the fray. Nelson's victory that October afternoon brought about a command of the sea which was to maintain a century of British empire, the Pax Britannica, and which was to shape the attitudes of the country's youth. Hastings was no exception, immediately developing a self confidence born of pride and aspiring to command at sea. Over the next decade he was to progress from volunteer to midshipman to lieutenant, participating in the remainder of the Napoleonic Wars and against the United States at 1815's Battle of Lake Borgne near New Orleans. In 1819 he was assigned to deliver HMS Kangaroo, a survey brig purchased in the West Indies, to Port Royal, Jamaica. Anchoring at that port he was loudly and angrily accused of laying his anchor chain over that of the frigate HMS Iphigenia (36), and took offense. He challenged the offender to a duel. Duels forbidden under Royal Navy regulations as well as his inability to be more temperate led to his delisting from the ranks of the Navy and self-banishment to France. There he became fluent in French and further honed his knowledge of trends in shipbuilding and naval gunnery. Attracted to local philhellenes he resolved to offer his services to revolutionary Greece, arriving at Hydra in April 1822 and obtaining an audience with Alexandros Mavrokordatos, then having been elected by the First National Assembly "President of the Executive." He was immediately assigned to the Hydriot corvette Themistokles, flagship of Andreas Miaoulis, which proceeded in May with 55 other corvettes, brigs, and schooners to Chios where a massacre of the local Greek population was underway at the direction of Kara Ali Pasha, commander of the Ottoman Navy embarked on the the 84-gun Mansur el liwa. The Greek flotilla in spite of numbers was not equipped to combat Kara Ali's heavily-gunned flotilla lying off Chios Town. On 18 June, however, two Greek fire-ships surprised the Ottomans in the dark of night while celebrating the end of Ramadan. One attached to Kara Ali's flagship hosting the celebration. She was destroyed with the loss of 2,100 crew and guests including Kara Ali and most of the flotilla's senior officers. The second fire-ship damaged the rear-admiral's flagship which never again proved serviceable. While the Greek population of Chios was nevertheless reduced from 100,000 in April to 1,800 in August, Frank Hastings came away from Chios with a concept. Sixteen months later he addressed a letter to Byron then at the island of Keffalonia as the representative of the London Greek Committee. The letter proposed construction of a steam-powered warship to mount 68-pound guns firing incendiary shot heated red-hot in the ship's boilers, the shot doing what fire-ships do at less risk from a longer distance. Byron endorsed the letter and a follow-up memorandum and forwarded them to the London Greek Committee four months before succumbing to fever at Missolonghi. Laid down at London in 1825, the four-masted steam-powered sloop Karteria (Perseverance in English) was built largely at the direction of and partly financed by Hastings himself. Mounting four 68-pound guns able to do the damage of a Neptune, she was launched the following year and, captained by Hastings, reached Greece in September 1826. Three months later the new 64-gun frigate Hellas depicted at right above with Karteria also arrived, her largest guns 32-pounders. Early in 1827 Karteria became the first steam-powered warship in history to engage in combat. That year alone her 68-pounders fired 18,000 rounds, and she accomplished her mission on each outing. In May of the following year at Byron's Missolonghi, Frank Abney Hastings was shot in the wrist. The wound soon became infected, tetanus set in, and this proud, far-sighted, and persevering innovator died tragically on the first of June. That same year a combined British, French, and Russian fleet destroyed the Ottoman Navy at Navarino and Greek independence became assured. How about watching your children traipse through history such as this while you bask under a gentle Aegean sun brightening a broad blue sea. While you dine on grilled octopus or seafood pasta. Or on innumerable Turkish mezes. Or while you take your bareboat catamaran further along the coast of Turkey or further out among Aegean islands of Greece. To Chios. To Hydra. To Missolonghi. To Navarino. Starting in Bodrum, home of Broad Blue catamarans. Are you searching for Bodrum even now? Bodrum is located at the mouth of its own gulf just where the coast of Anatolia turns from north-south to east-west, and it has its own international airport. Bodrum was in the time of the Knight Hospitallers called Petronium, or St. Peters, as is their castle today, but whether Bodrum or Halicarnassus or St. Peters, there we can put you aboard a Broadblue charter catamaran for a holiday not to be forgotten. We can put you aboard a charter catamaran and point you toward the crossroads of history. The Broadblue 435 is an impressive charter yacht available for cruising Greece or Turkey or both. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at firstname.lastname@example.org