The Man who created the Blue Voyage
The Fisherman has a pre-Bodrum and post-Bodrum stage. In Bodrum, he transformed into a completely different human being. The Fisherman became one with the life of the sea, the waters and depths he described in his writings; he merged with the coves he explored on his small sailboat Yatağan. It was he who designed a sponge-catching device called the gangava to help the sponge-divers and fishermen; again it was the Fisherman who befriended the seamen of Bodrum as he listened to, advised and enriched them.
After exploring the bays and coves surrounding Bodrum, he ventured further and explored the Gulf of Gökova. He wrote to his intellectual friends in Istanbul urging and enticing them to join him on a boat trip along the Bodrum Coastline. This was to be the initial, then unnamed Blue Voyage.
The 1940’s: The Fisherman of Halicarnassus, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Sabahattin Eyüboğlu, Necati Cumalı, Sabahattin Ali, Erol Güney, Benya Rapaport, Fuat Ömer Keskinoğlu and Paluko, realized the first of “silent and blue voyages” in the beautiful pristine waters of Gökova. One blue voyage followed after another, and became even more meaningful with the many good people of lovely thoughts sailing and enjoying the lovely Gulf. Thus, the Turkish intellectual elite were introduced to the culture of the sea. On these voyages in humble boats on silent seas, they discussed the history and culture of Anatolia. The literary world of the devotees of the seas were further enlightened when Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu compiled “ The Notebooks of the Blue Voyage”, and Azra Erhat wrote her books, “Blue Anatolia” and “ The Blue Voyage” on such solitary travels of solitude. Just like boats sailing forth, these works carry us along the blue voyages of those days.
Today, even mega yachts indulge in Blue Voyages. Not only for Turks, but also for the many travelers from countries all around the world, the Blue Voyage has become a unique opportunity to see and appreciate the splendor of the Turkish seas.
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