Turkey in the First World War


Source: Naval Museum Istanbul
Tonnage: 98 tonnes
Length: 40.2 m.
Beam: 4.4 m.
Draught: 1.9 m.
Engines: 1 triple expansion 3 cyl, 2,200 hp, Schneider&Cie
Speed: 16 kts.
Armament: 2-37 mm quick firing guns, Hotchkiss
3 torpedo tubes 450 mm, Schwartzkopf

* Launched in 1907.
* Took part in the Balkan War.
* On April 30, 1915, through the morning fog at the Gulf of Erdek, Sultanhisar sighted the periscope of the Australian AE2, the first Allied submarine to safely pass through the Dardanelles. Sultanhisar's starboard guns opened fire and AE2 surrendered. Her crew of three officers and 29 sailors were rescued by Sultanhisar.
* Laid up at Istanbul on October 30, 1918.
* Returned to service in 1924.
* Decommissioned in 1928.
* Broken up in 1935.

Commander of Sultanhisar,
Captain Ali Rıza Bey



Officers and crew of Sultanhisar, 1915
Source: Naval Museum Istanbul

Gunners of Sultanhisar
Source: Naval Museum Istanbul

Sultanhisar sinking the Australian submarine AE2,
oil painting by Hüsnü Tengüz

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