Title: βασίλισσα του Βορρά
created on 26 Apr 14

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1. chelydra wrote:
 Pride of the Byzantine Navy during the War of Independence, the Queen of the North single-handedly took on the entire Turkish fleet in the Gulf of Corinth, 25 March 1821.
2. Normal wrote:
 Must be the reason I suddenly feel like eating Calamata olives! Nicely done.
3. chelydra wrote:
 Odd you should mention that! Greece had no coal and few trees for fuel, so Admiral Λασκαρίνα Μπουμπουλίνα [Laskarina Bouboulina] sent her crew to Calamata to poach wood from the ancient olive groves, where they were massacred by irate
4. chelydra wrote:
 ...peasants. With her commanding presence, compelling oratory, and dense clouds of pheromones, Adm. Bouboulina had no trouble recruiting another crew...
5. chelydra wrote:
 ... but had to convert the engine to burn fish oil and pork fat; the stench overwhelmed and repelled the Ottoman navy.
6. chelydra wrote:
 Czar Alexander I was so impressed he presented Adm. Bouboulina with a Mongolian sword she was brandishing at her death.
7. hjjr wrote:
 love this
8. chelydra wrote:
 The ship (rechristened Agamemnon and later Spetai) was burned in port when hostilities resumed in 1831. The admiral was portrayed by Irene Pappas in a 1959 film.
9. chelydra wrote:
 The ship was originally constructed and named in 1819 by a secret society of descendants of the Vikings who settled in Constantinople in the middle ages. Their own plans to overthrow the Sultan fizzled out, and their flagship fell into the hands of Greek
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11. chelydra wrote:
 That whole story is more or less true.
12. chelydra wrote:
13. Lizzi wrote:
 A bio=fuel pioneer?
14. suzze wrote:
15. okeanos wrote:
 Αλήθειες και ψέμματα γεμάτη η ιστορία του κόσμου.....Θαυμάσια ζωγραφιά!
16. chelydra wrote:
 Well, the picture came before any story. A stray letter D happened to look like a Viking prow, so that's what it became. Then I needed a title, but thought it should be in some other language....
17. chelydra wrote:
 but when I tried Scandinavian languages, they didn't seem right, so I tried others, and nothing was right until I got to Greek... so Greek it was.
18. chelydra wrote:
 And then I recalled the only prior knowledge that went into the story-making: The Greeks were struggling for independence just when paddlewheel steamboats were being invented...
19. chelydra wrote:
 When I invented a naval engagement to justify the picture and the Greek title (Queen of the North), I found to my surprise there really were sea battles in that war. And then I needed an admiral...
20. chelydra wrote:
 ...and the rest is history. Real history! I had never heard of Admiral Bouboulina. She popped up when I looked for "Greek admiral". (A truly amazing character she turned out to be. A complete surprise. )
21. chelydra wrote:
 In fact, Bouboulina herself was descended from a Northern ethnic group that had ended up in Constantinople/Istanbul, and kept their original identity and language for centuries (from Albania).
22. chelydra wrote:
 (There really were Vikings in town too, who showed up by way of Russia in the 800's... The reason Russian aristocrats looked Swedish is because they were Swedish, called the Rus.)
23. chelydra wrote:
 And Bouboulina's story goes on and on, with endless colorful anecdotes I left out. She must have been the greatest military heroine of all time.
24. puzzler wrote:
 and they say every picture tells a story!
25. priya41 wrote:
 Very interesting! and. a great pic!!
26. Login wrote:
 Choppy sea, blackish smoke, paddle wheel ... lots of detail. Love the dragon head.
27. clorophilla wrote:
 I love the story of how you find this story :-)
28. mrozowski wrote:
 Thanks for the history. The pic is terrific. I like the Viking flair.
29. clorophilla wrote:
 congrats for the TOP5! and... the way this title appears on the top5 page is hilarious!
30. hxxhxx wrote:
 wonderful story, gorgeous pic

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