Leontios Macheras, Cypriot chronicler attached to the court of the Lusignans, reported the arrival of Venetian and Catalan ships at Famagusta:
And on the third of September 1378 after Christ the sixteen Venetian galleys (arrived,) and also the Catalan ship, which had come to bring away the queen, (as the King had written to her father,) and also the six other Catalan vessels which Sir Guy de Gounal had brought with Queen Valentina, and the king’s three galleys: they forced their way into the harbour of Famagusta. Now I shall tell you how it was that the sixteen Venetian galleys were in Cyprus. There had been for long a war between the Genoese and the Venetians, and that same season (the Genoese) fitted out a great ship, the Bechignona, and it was proclaimed that she was capable of fighting with eighteen galleys without any fear. And when this report was spread abroad, a number of merchants who had wares to send to the East came and hired her, and they put their wares on board and came down to the East. When the Venetians heard of it, they fitted out sixteen good galleys and gave them to a youth called Carlo Zeno, who boldly embarked and went to look for the ship; and he arrived in Cyprus, expecting to find her either at Famagusta or in the Cypriot waters.