Turkey in the First World War


Source: Donanma Mecmuası
(courtesy of

Tonnage: 3,250 tonnes
Length: 102.4 m.
Beam: 12.8 m.
Draught: 4.8 m.
Engines: 2 VQE; 12,500 hp; William Camp
Speed: 18 kts.
Armament: 2-152 mm L/45 quick firing guns, Bethlehem
2-120 mm L/45 quick firing guns, Bethlehem
2 torpedo tubes, 457 mm

* Launched on July 25, 1903 as Abdülmecidiye.
* Commissioned on December 19, 1903 as Mecidiye.
* Took part in the Balkan War.
* On April 3, 1915, Mecidiye hit a Russian mine 15 miles off Odessa. It sank immediately, with 26 sailors losing their lives. Survivors were rescued by Hamidiye.
* On June 8, 1915, Mecidiye was salvaged by the Russians, she was refitted and commissioned by the Russian Navy and renamed Prut.
* In May 1918, Prut was seized by German forces at Sevastopol. On May 13, it was returned to the Turkish Navy and renamed Mecidiye.
* Laid up at Istanbul on October 30, 1918.
* Renewed by the Turkish Navy at Gölcük in 1925.
* Used as a stationary cadet training ship.
* Sold for breaking up in 1952.


Mecidiye anchored in Istanbul
Source: Ahmet Güleryüz collection

Mecidiye off the Russian port of Odessa
Source: "Türk Tarihinde Yavuz Zırhlısının Rolü" (E. Baş)

Mecidiye, oil painting by İsmail Hakkı Bey
(Kaymakam), 1907

Source: Naval Museum Istanbul / © Altay Atlı / this page is last updated on October 26, 2012