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Turkey in the First World War
 
 


Mesudiye




Sources: (above) Ahmet Güleryüz collection;
(below) Oğuz Otay collection.

Tonnage: 9,200 tonnes
Length:
102.4 m.
Beam:
17.9 m.
Draught:
7.9 m.
Engines:
2 triple 4 cyl vertical, 11,135 hp, Ansaldo
Speed:
17 kts.
Armament:
12-152 mm L/45 quick firing guns (Vickers)
14-76 mm quick firing guns (Vickers)
2-47 mm quick firing guns

Record:
* Launched on October 28, 1874.
* Took part in 1877-78 Turco-Russian War, 1897 Turco-Greek War and 1912 Balkan War.
* Twice refitted; first between 1891-1893 in Istanbul and then between 1898-1903 in Genoa.
* On September 5, 1914, Mesudiye was dispanded from the active fleet. She anchored off Nara in the Dardanelles, to be used as a floating battery.
* On December 13, 1914, Mesudiye was sunk by two torpedoes fired by the British submarine B11. From a crew of 598, 10 officers and 15 sailors lost their lives. Six guns are later salvaged and used at the fortifications in Çanakkale.
* 18 June 18, 2004, a team of Turkish navy divers coordinated by Admiral Metin Ataç dove to the wreck of Mesudiye, reaching the ship for the first time 90 years after it was sunk.

 


Mesudiye anchored in Istanbul
Source: Donanma Mecmuası (courtesy of www.donanmatarihi.com)

Officers of Mesudiye
Source: Naval Museum Istanbul

Mesudiye anchored in Istanbul
Source: Naval Museum Istanbul

Guns of Mesudiye
Source: Naval Museum Istanbul

Mesudiye anchored in Istanbul
Source: Naval Museum Istanbul

Training on board Mesudiye
Source: University of Istanbul collection

Turkish postcard depicting Mesudiye

Mesudiye
riding the waves, oil painting
Source: Naval Museum Istanbul


Training on board Mesudiye, oil painting by Feyhaman Duran, 1948
Source: Naval Museum Istanbul


Memorial plaque

Mesudiye sinking
Source: Oğuz Otay collection

Mesudiye, oil painting by Haslet Soyöz, 2001
 
 
 
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