The History of the Maritime Wars of the Turks

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Oriental Translation Fund, 1831 - Rhodes (Greece : Island) - 80 pages
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Page 12 - ... in all 13,057 miles. The principal islands are Sardinia, Corsica, Minorca, Miorca, Ivica, Malta, Crete (or Candia), Cyprus, and Rhodes. In former times all these, except Rhodes, were captured ; and how this was done, I have fully explained in my works called the Fezliket Tarikh and the Jehan Nemah. At present they are all, except Cyprus and Rhodes, in the possession of the Infidels ; and even the subjugation of Candia has not yet been fully accomplished. God grant that it may soon be effected...
Page 63 - Khair-ad-din however wrote two verses of the Koran, and threw one on each side of his vessel ; when the wind immediately fell, and the barges lay motionless. This occurrence teaches that commanders, however celebrated, ought not to trust in human means alone, but also to pay all possible regard to spiritual means for ensuring success. The unfortunate infidels, stationing themselves in regular lines, now began to discharge their artillery ; which, however, wanted strength to make it efficient. A galleon...
Page 35 - ... conspiracy, and had made arrangements for their escape but were detected. Soon after a messenger arrived from Spain offering 100,000 ducats for the ransome of the thirty-six officers. To this the Ulemas would not give their consent, saying that the captains being expert in naval matters, and everyone of them brave fellows, the sum ought to be doubled : this, however, was not effected. Khair-ad-din then sought some pretence for having them killed ; and when he heard of their attempt to escape,...
Page 77 - May, 1557). Shortly afterwards he was admitted to the royal presence at Adrianople, and had an addition of eighty aspres made to his salary ; whilst all his companions were promoted in Egypt ; and the royal order was issued that they should be paid their four years
Page 74 - AND THE PORTUGUESE. The Moslems immediately hoisted their colours, weighed anchor, and got in readiness all their warlike machines. With flags hoisted and sails spread, and looking in confidence to the Supreme Being, they set up Mohammedan shouts, and commenced an attack, the fierceness of which baffles description. By the favour of God, their fire struck one of the Portuguese galleons, which was wrecked on the island of Fak-al-asad. They fought bravely till night-fall, when the capudan hoisted the...
Page 66 - ... immediately sailed for Constantinople. On their way the fleet had to encounter another dreadful storm at the strait of Beberjek, but succeeded in reaching Gallipoli, and thence proceeded to Constantinople, which they entered amidst the firing of numerous salutes. CAPTURE OF CASTEL NOVO BY THE INFIDELS. Andrea, taking advantage of the storm which detained Khair-ad-din at Avlona, returned and attacked Novo ; and the governor being a weak man, he with the most consummate assurance took possession...
Page 24 - ... them to consider an armistice desirable. After this no attacks were made on any of their districts either by land or sea, and the fleet was employed only in protecting the Ottoman dominions. When however the power of the Persian kings in the East began to increase, the disturbances of the Rafezis,* and the retirement of Sultan Bayezid Khan on account of his great age, produced negligence in the ministers, and tended to injure the prosperity of the state ; and Sultan Selim, after his ascension...
Page 18 - These fierce warriors having also whetted the teeth of avarice with the hope of plunder, were rushing on to seize their prey, when Messih Pasha, unwilling that the riches of a fortified place like Rhodes should fall a prey to the soldiery, gave orders that as the treasury of the place belonged exclusively to the sultan, no one should dare to touch it. As soon as this unwelcome intelligence was spread amongst the soldiers, those on the outside would proceed no farther, whilst those in the interior...
Page 66 - ... This zealous monarch, with the i view of driving the oppressive infidels from the coasts of Yemen and India, equipped a fleet of thirty galleys in the road of Suez, and gave the command of them to Khadem Soleiman Pasha, chief of the emirs of Egypt, who left the port of Suez about the end of Moharrem (940 AD 1533), and arrived on the seventh of Rabi-al-avul at the city of Aden, on the coast of Yemen, the fortresses of which, under the command of Amar Ben Davud, he took possession of, and having...
Page v - TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE GEORGE JOHN EARL SPENCER, KG FRSMRAS. &c. &c. &c. THIS TRANSLATION . OF THE HISTORY OF THE MARITIME WARS OF THE TURKS IS, WITH HIS LORDSHIP'S PERMISSION, MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED, BY HIS LORDSHIP'S GRATEFUL AND OBEDIENT SERVANT, THE TRANSLATOR. TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE. THE work of which the following pages contain a translation was some time since recommended to the notice of the Oriental Translation Committee, by the venerable nobleman to whom this performance is inscribed,...

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