The Garden Guide

Book: Journey and Embassy to Samarkand
Chapter: Ii. Constantinople

Preparations at Galatea

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The said ambassadors were in the city of Pera, from the Wednesday on which they arrived to Tuesday the 13th of November, for during all that time they could not find a vessel to take them to Trebizond; and, as the winter was approaching, and the sea is very dangerous for navigating during the winter, they took a galliot to prevent further delay, the master of which was a Genoese named Nicolo Socato, and they caused him to obtain sailors and provisions; and they intended to have sailed on the said Thursday, had not several accidents prevented them.