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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 group charters in Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the blue links immediately above. Thank you. Could you be thinking of a cruise in Turkish and Greek waters? Are you imagining secluded coves and taverna dining in harbor-side towns? Are you already peering through crystal-clear water in search of history? Or scanning horizons for the next island? Could you be planning a group charter along tourist-free Aeolian and Ionian coasts of Turkey? Or perhaps planning a cruise among remote Greek Aegean islands? Perhaps a cruise like that of Rauf Orbay in 1913. Could you be planning to take a group of friends cruising? Or a group of business associates? How about doing it aboard a ketch-rigged crewed charter gulet with accommodations for up to fourteen guests? How about taking a group charter down the Aegean coast of Turkey, through the Sporades Islands of Greece, moving on to the central Aegean, to the Greek Cyclades, to Mykonos, Tinos, Syros, and beyond. Huseyin Rauf Orbay did this during the first Balkan War, skippering the Hamidiye. The Hamidiye was a light cruiser which in 1903 came down the ways at Elswick Ship Building Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne. Measuring 340-feet in length and displacing 3,805 tons, with coal-fired boilers and steam turbines she was capable of speeds in excess of 20 knots. Her armament consisted of six-inch rapid fire guns fore and aft plus eight 4.7 inch guns and torpedo tubes port and starboard. During a Balkan War which was otherwise a disaster for Turkey, Rauf Orbay and the Hamidiye in late-1912 cleared the Black Sea of Bulgarian naval forces notwithstanding torpedo damage to the starboard bow. Making temporary repairs in Constantinople, Rauf's nascent sea raider in January 1913 evaded a Greek naval blockade of the Dardanelles and proceeded out into the Cyclades. At Syros she sank the Greek auxiliary cruiser Makedonia. Following a desperate search for coal worthy of the the German sea raider Emden, a search taking her to Beirut, Alexandria, Jeddah, and Malta among other bunkering ports, Hamidiye went on to disrupt Greek shipping throughout the Aegean before moving on to the Ionian and Adriatic. In the Adriatic Rauf's targets were Albanian coastal towns including San Giovanni di Medua (now Shengjin) on the border with Montenegro where he sent six Greek vessels to the bottom. By confronting the enemy wherever found, and by showing the Turkish flag from the Dardanelles to the Red Sea, from Beirut to Malta, Rauf Orbay and the Hamidiye injected new spirit into an otherwise demoralized Ottoman Empire. Turkey lived to fight another day. Rauf and his crew received the only Empire awards commemorating Ottoman success in the first Balkan War, bronze medals depicting their battle cruiser on one side and the sultan's tughra or calligraphic signature on the other. Not interested in history? Well, how about a group charter along the southwest coast of Turkey? The Turquoise Coast of broad beaches and marvelous water colors, of sheer mountain backdrops and seaside dining. While you simply holiday? Would you not like to have a group charter holiday aboard a crewed sailing gulet cruising from white-sand beach to isolated cove, from isolated cove to white-sand beach? Would you not like to have a relaxed holiday aboard a charter gulet proceeding leisurely from one hypnotic locale to another hypnotic locale? Of course you would. Charter a crewed gulet to cruise further along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Starting in Gocek. Are you searching for Gocek in Turkey? Gocek is in the NW corner of the Gulf of Fethiye 42 nautical miles ENE of Greek Rhodes Town and 15 road miles from its own international airport at Dalaman. In Gocek and elsewhere we can put you aboard a group charter gulet for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a group charter gulet with an experienced crew able to show you the flat sailing waters of the Gulf of Gocek, able to show you Alexander's Path down the coast of ancient Lycia, able to show you Cleopatra's Route up the coast of Turkey and among Greek islands, and able to show you the several tracks of Rauf Orbay and Hamidiye. Rauf Orbay, that's him depicted at the right, offspring of a father from Abkhazia and a mother from Crete, successively became Chief of Naval Operations and Minister of Marine in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire. And with 197 of 204 National Assembly votes he was in 1922 elected the first prime minister of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's new Republic of Turkey. Mojo, a fine group charter gulet sailing Turkey and Greece with an experienced crew able to discuss local history. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at email@example.com