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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 cruising in Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the blue links immediately above. Thank You. You are probably searching for a yacht holiday in Turkey or Greece or both, for a charter yacht perhaps cruising from Turkish Bodrum's sugar-cube encrusted peninsula to a sugar-cube encrusted Aegean island of Greece. Or you may be searching for a zephyr, the light westerly breeze of late-spring and early-summer. If the latter, please refer to the Greek god Aeolus usually found in the waters north of Sicily. The schooner Zephyria II was built by Zephyria Yachting in Bodrum, however, and there may have been some hope on the part of the builder the yacht could sail in a light wind. Light wind or more wind, Zephyria II cruises the Turquoise Coast of Turkey from one idyllically serene pine encircled cove to the next idyllically serene pine encircled cove. She may also be found sailing the azure sea between remote islands of Greece. Should you be searching for a holiday ricocheting between the Turkish coast and Greek islands, Zephyria II may be for you. She has five exquisitely appointed cabins and lots of other space, including isolated deck space for history lessons. That's right, should you be a family or families with children, why not! Why not take advantage of the crossroads of history. Why not make up for inadequacies in the school system back home. These crossroads have seen empires rise and fall: the Persian Empire, the Athenian empire, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire, not to mention periods of rule by city states and the coming and going of a wide variety of cultures and peoples, Minoan, Mycenaean, Lydian, Ionian, and Carian among them. While Bodrum is probably more famous for Mausolus and his Seven Wonders tomb, and for the two queens Artemisia, and for Herodotus who wrote the first history text, the coast north of Bodrum near Foca and Izmir produced giants of history, too. One of these was the privateer and Ottoman admiral Curtogoli or, in Turkish, Kurtoglu. His history is replete with an endless catalog of deeds and misdeeds, too many to cover in this web page, but for his early life please click here, and for his middle years please click here. We pick up the catalog following Sultan Suleiman's 1522 conquest of Rhodes and defeat of resident Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, or Hospitallers, who thereupon vacated both Rhodes and Bodrum among other outposts in the Aegean. The sultan's besieging fleet had been commanded by Curtogoli. While Curtogoli was upon Hospitaller exit named Sanjak Bey or Governor of Rhodes, release of Curtogoli's only surviving brother from a Hospitaller galley oar may have been reward enough. Two other brothers had earlier lost their lives in combat with Hospitallers, and Curtogoli had not since taken kindly to Hospitallers or to any other Latins. In fact, during the five years leading to the siege of Rhodes he had been the scourge of Venetian islands of the Aegean even though Venice and the Porte were then at peace. He was shortly to resume these depredations. In the summer of 1524 he outfitted at Negroponte (now Euboea) a flotilla of 18 galleys (similar to that depicted above) and galliots, and took course for Italy. Raiding Otranto and nearby Gallipoli he captured eight laden merchant vessels, taking ships, cargo, and crews for sale on the Barbary Coast that winter. In May of the following year he captured four Venetian merchantmen near Candia (Crete). Wintering six months later in Istanbul's Golden Horn he found himself under a cloud at the Porte and was stripped of his wages and several titles. He was nevertheless soon at it once more, as a pirate rather than Ottoman admiral in July of 1527 taking one Venetian merchantman and two war galleys off the southern Peloponnesus, on this occasion assuaging the Ottoman grand vizier with some of the plunder. Over the next several years Curtogoli oscillated between the Aegean and western Mediterranean, alternately earning the ire of Venice and that of the Holy Roman Empire of Charles V. He was not again seen in Constantinople until Spring 1532. Once more an Ottoman admiral he took a small squadron into the western Mediterranean and created havoc on the Ligurian coast of Italy before sailing for the Ionian Sea. At Zakinthos he captured a Venetian war galley and its escorted merchantman. Relations between Venice and the Porte frayed at the time, Suleiman applauded. In fact, this was the year, 1532, Suleiman invited Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa to Istanbul in order to name him kapudan-i derya or grand admiral of the Ottoman navy. One year later Barbarossa's Ottoman fleet took on Venice and Holy Roman Empire alike. That year in his swan song Curtogoli captured two more Venetian galleys near Samos. He then retired to Rhodes where he passed away in 1535. His younger brother, liberated at Rhodes on New Year's Day 1523, had meanwhile taken service under Barbarossa. He, too, had a visceral dislike of Latins. Why was that? You might like to charter a yacht sailing the wakes of Curtogoli and of his younger brother and of the brothers Barbarossa all of whom had the same visceral dislike of Latins in general and Venetians in particular. Was this dislike a function of Latin history in the Aegean? Of the Fourth Crusade? Or of something else? Come theorize with us at the crossroads of history while floating on an azure sea and basking under a gentle Aegean sun. Are you searching for Bodrum in Turkey? Well, that's it depicted above behind the Hospitaller castle of Saint Peter eleven nautical miles NNE of Kos Town on the Greek island of Kos, and its harbor is about 40 minutes from its own international airport. There or elsewhere, come aboard Zephyria II charter cruising Turkey and Greece, a schooner-rigged yacht offering unforgettable holidays. Come aboard an elegant charter yacht with an experienced crew able to show you the coast of Turkey and the Aegean islands of Greece. 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