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The Sirket-i Hariye shipping company was the leading ferry company at istabul and in the Ottoman Empire. Its large fleet of paddlers has now been replaced by screw vessels, although some steam-powered ferries still remain in operation. Traditionally, the company purchased its vessels from British yards and this continued up until the last steamers in the early 1960s, the builders of which included Fairfields at Glasgow. The exceptions during the paddle steamer era were six vessels built at the company's own yard at Haskoy.

Particularly notable amongst the vessels below are the Suhulet and Sahilbent, double-ended ferries, built in 1870 and 1871 to the company's own plans, and pre-dating the similarly-designed vessels which have now come to dominate short crossings by over 50 years. Latterly car ferries and rebuilt to provide more open deck space, these vessels were designed to carry cargo barrows, carriages and livestock on the "roll-on roll-off" principle, and found particular use by the army in wartime for the carraige of troops and ordnance. Both vessels remained in service for almost 100 years, and Sahilbent continued after her withdrawal in a new life, albeit as a screw-driven motor cargo vessel, and was still registered in 1996.

NUMBER

NAME

BUILT

BUILDERS

AT

LENGTH

SERVED UNTIL

1

Rumeli

1853

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

46.4

1864

2

Taraba

1853

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

46.4

1864

3

Goksu

1853

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

46.4

1864

4

Beylerbeyi

1853

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

46.4

1864

5

Tophane

1853

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

46.4

1864

6

Besiktas

1853

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

46.4

1864

7

Istinye

1857

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

41.1

1864

8

Bebek

1857

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

41.1

9

Kandilli

1857

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

41.1

1864

10

Beykoz

1857

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

41.1

11

Anadolu

1857

John Robert White

East Cowes, England

41.1

1865

12

Kabatas

1860

John White

West Cowes, England

42

1875

13

Galata

1860

John White

West Cowes, England

42.6

1902

14

Buyukdere

1860

John White

West Cowes, England

42.6

1899

15

Beyazit

1863

M Wigram

London, England

1898

16

Buyukada

1863

M Wigram

London, England

1898

17

Bahariye

1865

M Wigram

London, England

1905

18

Asayis

1865

M Wigram

London, England

1919

19

Seyyar

1869

M Wigram

London, England

1913

20

Terakki

1869

M Wigram

London, England

1919

21

Surat

1869

M Wigram

London, England

1919

22

Tayyar

1869

M Wigram

London, England

1903

23

Azimet

1870

Maudslay Sons + Field

London, England

31.7

1915

24

Rahat

1870

Maudslay Sons + Field

London, England

31.7

1911

25

Selamet

1870

Maudslay Sons + Field

London, England

31.7

1915

26

Suhulet

1871

Maudslay Sons + Field

London, England

45.5

1961

27

Sahilbent

1871

Maudslay Sons + Field

London, England

45.5

1967

28

Meymenet

1872

Sirket-i Hayriye

Haskoy, Turkey

1905

29

Nuzhet

1872

Sirket-i Hayriye

Haskoy, Turkey

1905

30

Refet

1872

Sirket-i Hayriye

Haskoy, Turkey

1905

31

Amed

1872

Sirket-i Hayriye

Haskoy, Turkey

1905

32

Meserret

1872

R + H Green

London, England

48.7

33

Nusret

1874

R + H Green

London, England

48.7

1916

34

Gayret

1872

R + H Green

London, England

48.7

1915

35

Isguzar

1881

Sirket-i Hariye

Haskoy, Turkey

1930

36

Mirgun

1881

Sirket-i Hariye

Haskoy, Turkey

1910

37

Ihsan

1890

R + H Green

London, England

50.2

1916

38

Sukran

1890

R + H Green

London, England

50.2

1915

39

Neveser

1890

J W Thames

London, England

52.4

1917

40

Reheber

1890

J W Thames

London, England

52.4

1915

41

Metanet

1893

Napier, Shanks + Bell

Glasgow, Scotland

1916

42

Resanet

1892

Napier, Shanks + Bell

Glasgow, Scotland

1916

43

Ikdam

1894

R + H Green

London, England

50.2

44

Intizam

1894

R + H Green

London, England

50.3

1916

45

Resan

1895

R + H Green

London, England

50.3

1916

46

Ruchan

1895

R + H Green

London, England

50.3

1916

49

Hale

1904

Fairfield

Glasgow, Scotland

30.6

1916

50

Seyyale

1903

Fairfield

Glasgow, Scotland

30.6

1924


Bibliography:

Sirket-i Hayriye
By Ester Tutel
Published by : Iletisim Yayincilik in 1994
ISBN 975-470-420-1
History of the Sirket-i Hariya ferry company, forerunner of today's state-owned concern, and its ships (in Turkish language)



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