This 92-foot classic motor-yacht came down the ways of
Holland's Royal Lent Shipyard in 1964.
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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 classic yacht cruising in the Mediterranean may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. Could you be searching for a Dutch water nymph? For a najade? Or naiad in English? For a water nymph such as those described by Homer in his Iliad and Odyssey, by Apollonius of Rhodes in his Argonautica, and by the Roman Ovid in his Metamorphoses. For a water nymph such as those depicted at right from a Roman mosaic found in Gaul, two of them becoming violently attached to Hylas, son of Heracles, who has merely come to fetch water from their spring. Or for a water nymph such as Ondine depicted at lower left who became human when she fell in love with a human but was doomed to die when he cheated on her. Well you have found a less aggressive and more stable water nymph! You have found a steel-hulled mahogany-appointed sea chariot worthy of Poseidon himself. In fact, you have found a sea chariot which in August 2013 was sighted cruising Turkey's Gulf of Gocek in the neighborhood of Poseidon's Garage! What gives! Has the God of the Sea dispensed with dolphins! We think not. The dolphins were simply off cavorting in their regular playground, the Gulf of Gulluk a short distance up the coast. That's the Gulf of Gulluk harboring the ancient port of Iassos. Memorialized in Iassos coinage is the association of boy and dolphin, and while the dolphins still abound, the boy was summoned to Babylon by Alexander and made head priest of the cult of Poseidon. Must therefore be another explanation for Najade's presence in the Gulf of Gocek. Likely a charter party simply hoping to catch sight of the Garage and whatever might be housed there. Or a charter party hoping to see as much of Turkey or of Turkey and Greece as possible. Yes, this sea nymph has cruised the world-over during her illustrious history but even today looks like she just came down her builder's ways. Would you like to holiday in Turkey's Gulf of Gocek? Gocek, ancient Callimache, sits on the border between ancient Caria and ancient Lykia. And the gulf is mostly encircled by land. When the wind kicks up, the water doesn't. And you can hardly turn around without running smack into history! Or into a white-sand beach! Or into a field of oregano! Could you be dreaming of holiday cruising the Turkish coast? Of a motor-yacht charter along the Turquoise Coast between Bodrum and Antalya? Of a charter in comfort from blue-water cove to blue-water cove? Or are you hoping to cruise Greece and Turkey at once? That is entirely possible aboard an English-flag yacht such as Najade. How about doing it aboard a classic motor-yacht reminiscent of those the robber-barons idle aboard. How about doing it aboard a motor-yacht with accommodations for four couples and maybe a ninth person. Simply click on the last of the foregoing links. You might charter this crewed motor-yacht to cruise pirate haunts, to visit, for example, the Lycian pirate Zeniketes' first century BC galley hideaway at Phaselis, near Antalya. Or to visit his headquarters at Olympos where as an early Robin Hood he is said to have re-distributed his "earnings." Or to sail Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa's fifteenth and sixteenth century tracks along the Turkish coasts of Aeolis and Ionia and among Greek Cyclades islands of the central Aegean, corsair tracks and Ottoman admiral tracks. Do you not think you might like to holiday at the crossroads of history? At the crossroads of ancient history? Where naiades still abound? Of course you would. You might well like to have an extended-family holiday aboard a crewed motor-yacht cruising the Turkish and Greek Aegean. Who wouldn't! Or to have a group of friends or associates holiday aboard a charter yacht proceeding leisurely from one fascinating locale to another. Cruising the Greek Dodecanese. Or the Greek Sporades, including the Greek island of Lesbos where Kheir-ed-din (meaning Defender Of the Faith) was born Khizr, the youngest of four brothers all of whom would take to the sea. The 1470's offspring of a mother formerly wed to an Orthodox priest and of a Greek or Albanian father conscripted into the Ottoman janissary corps at an early age, the eldest of these sons was Aruj who would in 1516 become Emir of Algiers, the second was Elias who in his early-twenties would fall in combat with the Hospitaller Knights of Rhodes, the third was Isaac who would fall in combat with the Spanish in 1518 when Aruj, too, met his end. Having forded a river near Oran while pursued by a Spanish force of more than 10,000, Aruj re-crossed the river to assist some of his own men there surrounded. And so he fell covered with wounds and was immediately decapitated. The Spanish Catholic chronicler Abbot de Haedo wrote of him in 1612, "Aruj Barbarossa, according to the testimony of those who remember him, was, when he died, about forty-four years of age. He was not very tall of stature, but extremely well-set and robust; his hair and beard perfectly red; his eyes quick, sparkling and lively; his nose aquiline, or Roman, and his complexion between brown and fair. He was a man excessively bold, resolute, daring, magnanimous, enterprising, profusely liberal, and in no wise bloodthirsty, except when in the heat of battle, nor rigorously cruel except when disobeyed. He was highly beloved, feared and respected by his soldiers and domestics, and when dead was by them all in general most bitterly regretted and lamented." It was shortly after the death of Aruj, in 1518, that Khizr began to be known as Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa, probably so named by Sultan Selim. He would go on to supplant Aruj as Emir of Algiers and eventually to become Sultan Suleiman's Kapudan Pasha or Kaptan-y Derya (supreme naval commander). He died in bed in 1546 after adding to a name, Barbarossa, which still clamors for attention today. Why not begin your holiday at the crossroads of history. Starting in Bodrum. Or Gocek. Are you searching for Gocek in Turkey? It is 42 nautical miles ENE of Apollonius' Rhodes Town with any number of naiades in between, and 15 road miles from its own international airport at Dalaman. There or elsewhere we can put you aboard a crewed motor-yacht for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter yacht with an experienced crew able to show you the flat waters of the Gulf of Gocek, able to show you the Gulf of Antalya where Zeniketes lurked in wait for traders connecting silk roads, able to show you the Gulf of Gulluk where dolphins by the dozen still abound, able to show you Aruj Barbarossa's numerous tracks up the coast of Lycia and among Greek islands, sometimes as a privateer and sometimes as a galley slave of the Knights of Rhodes. And a crew able to also discuss the other brothers, Elias and Isaac and Kheir-ed-Din, not to mention their two sisters wed to corsairs. Najade, a classic motor-yacht available for charter in Turkey and Greece or anywhere else in the Mediterranean. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at email@example.com