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TRADITIONAL PASSENGER FERRIES AT ISTANBUL, TURKEY


Two ships near the end of their last full seasons in October 2009 were MV Pasabahce, below left, and MV Maltepe, below right.
Fortunately both ships were saved and are moored at piers in the region and opened up for public use. There remains a large operational fleet of similarly-designed traditional passenger ferries - some of which will no doubt become available before too long. See below for more information on this magnificent fleet.


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MV Pasabahce was built in Taranto, Italy and came into service in 1952

MV Maltepe was built locally by Istinye Shipyard in 1962

Click here for more photos of Pasabahce

Click here for more photos of Maltepe


Following close on the heels of the withdrawal of MV Fenerbahce, the loss of its two most venerable fleet members left the newly hived-off organisation running Istanbul's "conventional" passenger ferries, Istanbul Sehir Hatlari, formed in September 2010, with a substantial fleet including substantial new tonnage - but no ship built before 1973. In 2009, the company, whilst still part of the local IDO transport company and designated as "City Lines", took delivery of five modern vessels, almost similar in length to Maltepe and remarkably similar in design despite almost 50 intervening years. The design was heavily influenced by local opinion - the company had canvassed interested parties for their input - and it is clear that traditional lines remained popular alongside the futuristic design of the fast ferries being introduced on longer services into the Sea of Marmara.


NOW THE OLDEST ....... Baris Manco (below) and sister ship Prof Dr Aykut Barka (of 1973) and sister A Hulusi Yilderim (of 1974)



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NEW SHIPS ........... TRADITIONAL STYLE

MV Beyoglu is seen in 2009 at Kadikoy

Along with her four sister ships she maintains the tradition of passenger ferries on the Bosphoros being conventionally designed although with incorporation of modern engineering and safety facilities.

The electronically operated doors on the main deck amidships caused quite a bit of local consternation : many of the hordes of passengers who use these ferries had over the years become accustomed to jumping aboard ship at the last minute as the ferries were already leaving the pier. On the new ferries, this "tradition" has had to come to an end as the doors should be closed immediately prior to departure .......


Istanbul Sehir Hatlari Fleet : 2010

A selection of photographs of the Istanbul ferries by Gordon Stewart * can be seen by clicking on the vessel name where available.
* My thanks go to Mr Turker Miletli who has made his photo library on flickr available for use under
Creative Commons Licence and I have used some of these photos to fill in the gaps where I have no photos of the vessel of my own : MVs Fenerbahce, Buyukada, K Gunduz Abay and Hamdi Karahasan


2010 Roster

Built

Shipyard

Length

Size

Capacity

Capacity

Previous Names

Notes

 

Year

 

metres

GRT

Summer

Winter

 

 

Large Ferries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof Dr Aykut Barka

1973

Camialti

67

610

2100

1684

Sedefedasi (2002)

 

Baris Manco

1973

Camialti

67

610

2100

1684

Inciburnu (1999)

 

A Hulusi Yilderim

1974

Camialti

67

610

2100

1684

Ahmet H Yildirim, Bostanci (2003)

 

Emin Kul

1989

Halic

78.4

658

2100

1684

Bahcekapi (2004)

 

Fahri S Koroturk

1990

Halic

78.4

658

2100

1684

 

 

Fatih

2009

Celiktrans

68

747

1800

 

 

 

Kadikoy

 2009

Celiktrans

68

747

1800

 

 

 

Beyoglu

 2009

Celiktrans 

68

747

1800

 

 

 

Beykoz

 2009

Celiktrans 

68

747

1800

 

 

 

Sariyer

 2009

Celiktrans 

68

747

1800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medium Sized Ferries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sehit Adem Yavuz

1976

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Aydin Guler

1981

Istinye

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Besiktas 1

1986

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Caddebostan

1987

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Sehit Caner Gonyeli

1977

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Hamdi Karahasan

1980

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

I Hakki Durusu

1985

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

Karsiyaka

 

Sehit Ilker Karter

1980

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Kalamis

1987

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Sehit Karaoglanoglu

1976

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Sehit Metin Sulus

1986

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Moda

1986

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Nurettin Alpdogan

1985

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

Bayrakli

 

Sehit Mustafa Aydogdu

1981

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Sehit Necati Gurkaya

1977

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

Istanbul 9

1977

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

Sehit Sami Akbulut (2006)

 Major overhaul and restoration after lay-up

Sehit Sami Akbulut

1988

Halic

58.2

456

1450

 

Sarayburnu

 

Sehit Temel Simsir

1979

Istinye

58.2

456

1450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Ferries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mehmet Akif Ersoy

1988

Halic

47.3

307

792

 

 

 

K Gunduz Aybay

1988

Halic

47.3

307

792

 

Kilyos III

 

Zubeyde Hanim

1987

Halic

47.3

307

792

 

Rumelikavagi

 


SMALL WATERBUSES WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS FOR SERVICE ON THE GOLDEN HORN


Kasimpasa

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sutluce

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haskoy

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CLASSIC FERRIES RECENTLY WITHDRAWN FROM THE ROSTER


Rumelifeneri

1988

Istinye

47.3

307

792

 

Sold to sail out of Izmit in 2005 and now called "Ataturk"

 


Tuzla

1988

Istinye

47.3

307

792

 

Sailing out of Gemlik

 


Ambarli

1988

Istinye

47.3

307

792

 

Sailing out of Izmir as "Kordon"

 


Kumburgaz

1988

Istinye

47.3

307

792

 

Sailing out of Izmir as "Yalova I"

 


Fenerbahce

1953

Denny, UK

74

994

1500

1375

Large ferry : Withdrawn and donated to the Rahmi Koc Transport Museum, Istanbul, as floating exhibit

Fenerbahce article on internet
Fenerbahce group on Flickr 


Buyukada

1988

Istinye

47.3

307

792

 

Small ferry : Leased to the city of Yalova for a ferry service to local islands in the Marmara sea from March 1, 2009. The service ceased from 30th March amidst financial problems and turmoil following local elections and the ship remains tied up with no fee having been paid to IDO Istanbul.

 


Pasabahce

1952 

Taranto, IT

74.5

1042

1700

1375

Believed to be going for preservation as a museum on the Bosphoros at Beykoz

Pasabahce group on Flickr


Maltepe

1962

Istinye

67

589

2100

1684

believed to be going for preservation as a hotel at the Black Sea resort of Sile, close to the Bosphoros

Facebook Group 


Anadolufeneri

1988

Halic

47.3

307

792

 

 

 


Kiziltoprak

1988

Istinye

47.3

307

792

 

 

 


SHIP LOST TO FIRE


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MV Suadiye

Seen in 1988 in a photo shown by kind courtesy of Kevin Hoggett was a close sister to Maltepe and lost to fire whilst in a local shipyard in 2003.


STEAMSHIPS ON THE BOSPHOROS FERRY SERVICE


Prior to the introduction of motor ships, there was a long history of steam on the Bosphoros ferry service and even in 1961, nine years after the introduction of MV Pasabahce and eight after MV Fenerbahce, eight steamers were ordered from the Fairfield yard in Glasgow, Scotland. One of the eight, SS Kuzguncuk, is seen right in 1994. These ships became very popular, especially with local ferry enthusiasts and two remain in preservation, although sadly without their engines.

Click here for more about the Fairfield steamers.

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THUMBNAIL PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION : Bosphoros Ferries in 1994


For thumbnails of photos taken at Istanbul (Eminonu and Karakoy and at Uskudar) in 1994, click here
Tramscape also has extensive photography of ferries on the Bosphoros in October 2009


Operator's Website : http://www.sehirhatlari.com.tr/
Website of IDO (Istanbul Sea Buses) which retains the car ferries and longer-distance fast ferries :
http://www.ido.com.tr/en/index.cfm
Istanbul Ferry History and enthusiasts' site :
http://www.sirketihayriye.com/


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