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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 yacht charters sailing the Greek and Turkish Aegean may be obtained by clicking on the blue links immediately above. Thank You. Blue Cruise Yacht Charters provides yacht charter clients full service. It engages in the search for, inspection of, and proffering to prospective charterers of yachts available for charter, suggesting to clients the best alternative given client preferences. Blue Cruise Yacht Charters also tenders travel advice, suggesting places to stay and things to do en route to Croatia, Greece, and Turkey. It facilitates foreign currency exchange. And it designs sailing itineraries, again based on client preferences. Blue Cruise Yacht Charters offers sailing holidays cruising the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey, among Aegean islands of Greece, and among Adriatic islands of Croatia. Yacht charters in Montenegro. Yacht charters in Albania. Crewed yachts. Crewed motor-sailers or gulets. Bare boats. Sailing the Mediterranean. Blue Cruise Yacht Charters recommends customized charter yacht sailing holidays or honeymoons at the cradle of civilization. At the crossroads of history, crossroads which have seen the passing of emperors and empires, of philosophers and enlightenment, of mathematicians and science, of medicine and humanity, of warriors and inhumanity. The crossroads of history has seen as well the passing of innumerable seamen, those of oared galleys and those of sailing ships. Of these many were corsairs, the word corsair a little-understood term even today bringing forth as it does visions of cutthroat pirates with black eye-patches and peg legs. Until recently in history, however, no nation-state maintained more than a token navy. Navies were simply too expensive, and still are. In time of war much of the maritime force of any country consisted of hired ships and of hired seamen. Hired seamen employed in war were termed corsairs. Rarely did corsairs sport eye patches. As often as not corsair captains were from families of means, frequently junior offspring of nobility, and it was often these men of means who owned the hired ships. A principle employer of corsairs during the mid-centuries of the second millennium were the Hospitaller Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, also called the Knights of Rhodes and later the Knights of Malta, an Order maintaining a permanent navy of from four to seven oared galleys and a single galleon. And one such hired captain was Jacques de Vincheguerre of Marseille. Born of minor nobility in the 1560's, Vincheguerre in his twenties came into ownership of a three-masted twin-decked barque or urca similar to those depicted at left, his carrying five square sails and a single lateen sail aft as well as a dozen bronze cannons, and with which he promptly sought fame and fortune. Taking up residence at Malta, he obtained letters patent or letters of marque from a Hospitaller Order perpetually at war with Islam. These licenses entitled Vincheguerre to fly the Maltese flag at his truck and to carry out specific naval undertakings prescribed by the Order's grand master. Among other covenants he was to treat captives in an humane manner and to remit to the Order nine percent of the value of any plunder or other spoils of war. Vincheguerre from the outset deployed annually into the eastern Mediterranean prowling the shores of Anatolia and among Aegean islands then Ottoman. He first made it to the pages of history during the great famine at Malta in 1591 when he brought to Valletta three captive Ottoman vessels full of grain. For this and other exemplary service to the Order he was in 1594 permitted to incorporate a Maltese cross in a Vincheguerre
escutcheon otherwise dominated by three dolphins on a blue field. He was in the same year awarded the Croix d'Or des Chevaliers de la Religion for uncommonly valorous conduct in service to the Order. In most years such service had been in conjunction with an assignment to intercept Ottoman corsairs or Ottoman merchantmen, usually armed or convoyed or both, along one of the wind-influenced tracks depicted above. In November 1603 Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, himself a former corsair, dispatched Vincheguerre aboard the grandmaster's personal corsair galleon Saint Louis in company with Vincheguerre's urca and a third vessel on a mission to intercept 1604's annual caravan transporting Egyptian tribute and Silk Road merchandise from Alexandria to Constantinople. Vincheguerre did so, severing from the convoy and capturing several richly-laden vessels which he returned with skeleton crews to Malta. Later dispersed by storm in the vicinity of Kythera, his own urca fell victim to three English pirates. Vincheguerre's Saint Louis found her together with the pirates at the Aegean island of Milos. Negotiations to no avail, Vincheguerre took the Saint Louis at night under sail into the harbor with shoals right and left. A furious engagement ensued during which the largest of the pirate vessels was sent to the bottom and the other two captured. Ten days later off the Aegean islands of Skiathos and Skopelos his expanded squadron took eleven Ottoman grain carrying vessels en route to the Ottoman fleet victualling depot at Volos and with them in tow returned to a thankful island perennially short of food. Following birth of his third son Jacques II at Malta in 1598, Jacques de Vincheguerre returned to Marseille where he became commander of the city's harbor fortress of Saint Jean and an officer in the naval army of King Henry IV commanding oared galleys. For six months he also became a gentleman of the king's household at Versailles. Following the death of Henry IV, Chevalier de Vincheguerre was selected in 1616 by the regency government of Louis XIII and the city of Marseille for an armed embassy to Tunis. The parties nominally at peace, the French were seeking an end to piratical raids on French shipping from Tunisian ports by English and Dutch pirates, including the John Ward of lyric fame, Sampson Denball, and, before his murder by the Dey of Tunis, Simon Danseker. Following five months of protracted negotiations accompanied by threat Tunis committed to cease harboring belligerents licensed or unlicensed, to cease attacking French ships, and to end seizure of their cargoes and capture of their crews. It was further agreed that all French slaves at Tunis and all Turkish slaves at Marseille were to be liberated. While negotiating the Tunis protocol Vincheguerre's seven-ship flotilla carrying 1,500 marines took numerous prizes outside of Tunis and along the nearby coast of Algeria, some of them English pirates, all of them brigands without nation-state letters of marque. Those captured were sold at Livorno, ships and crews. Promoted to lieutenant-general of France's naval army early in Cardinal Richelieu's reform of the French Navy, Jacques de Vincheguerre lost his life during the inconclusive 1622 Battle of Saint-Martin-de-Re (depicted at right) between French Royalists and French Huguenots. He had lived to see his only daughter Bradamante wed and was succeeded in most positions and at court by his eldest son Alexandre. His second son Philandre became a Hospitaller. Like most warriors, even warrior-diplomats, Jacque de Vincheguerre's legacy at best demonstrates the futility of a zero-sum game. For every winner at war there is a loser at war. He was both. A sailing holiday at the crossroads of history designed by Blue Cruise Yacht Charters with guest input. A charter yacht sailing holiday cruising the Turquoise Coast of Turkey. A Blue Cruise. A honeymoon in Greece. Or a honeymoon in Turkey. A charter sailing yacht in Greece cruising among Greek islands of the Aegean Sea. Island hopping. Greek island hopping. Or a crewed charter sailing yacht to sail the southwest coast of Turkey. A honeymoon or holiday in Greece or Turkey. A honeymoon or holiday aboard a proper sailing yacht chartered in Greece. Or a honeymoon or holiday aboard a proper yacht chartered in Turkey. Charter your yacht from Blue Cruise Yacht Charters, an agency dedicated to client service. Sail the Greek Aegean. Sail the Turkish Aegean. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at email@example.com or phone us at +90-533-230-5781.