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Ysolt is a steam yacht, which was built in 1893 by Simpson, Strickland & Co. Ltd of Dartmouth, England. She had spent her last 30-40 years rotting away in Scotland until being purchased by Mr. Rahmi M. Koç. She was restored in Turkey by an English expert for the Rahmi M. Koç Museum. The name Ysolt derives from the Celtic legend, Tristan and Isolde.

The Sailing Boat Which Blazed a Trail: ‘Kısmet’

In 1965, Sadun Boro, the first Turkish sailor to globe trot, with his wife Oda and their cat Miço who joined them from the Canary Islands, went on a tour around the world which took 2 years and 10 months in Kısmet, their 10.5 metre boat. They set sail from İstanbul on the 22nd August 1965, navigating a route through Gibraltar, Canary Islands, Barbados, Caribbean Islands, Pana-ma Channel, Galapagos Islands, Marquise Islands, Tuamotu Islands, Tahiti and Leeward Islands, Tonga Islands, Fiji Islands, New Hebridean Islands, New Guinea Island, Torres Strait, Timor Island, Indonesia, Singapore, Bengal Bay, Ceylon Island, Arabic Sea, Red Sea, Israel and arrived back in İstanbul on 15th June 1968. Their daughter Kısmet Deniz was born in 1969. In 1977, the Boro family set sail again in Kismet with their daughter for their second journey around the globe which would take two years and 3 months. Kindly Donated by Mr. Sadun Boro

The Tugboat Liman 2

The İstanbul Port Company commissioned the Dutch firm Kreber to build the Tugboat Liman 2 in 1935. The completed vessel arrived in İstanbul in 1936. The tug was used as a general harbour tug, assisting larger ships into and out of the harbour at the Port of İstanbul continuously until 1988. In 1990, Mr. Rahmi M. Koç bought it with the intention of restoring it into a museum exhibit. Restoration began in April 1990 and was completed in July 1992, when she began her new lease of life. The Liman 2 is in fully working condition and gives regular tours of the Golden Horn in summer weekends.

Yawl “Far Away”

Between 1965 an 1968, Sadun Boro and his wife Oda, were the first Turkish yachtsmen flying the Turkish flag to sail around the world in their yacht Kısmet. After reading an account of this epic voyage, Osman Atasoy decided to attempt the same feat himself. The newly – married couple Osman and Zuhal Atasoy bought the yawl Uzaklar (Far Away) and beared to sea in 1990, an adventure which was to last four years, ten months and six days to end successfully in 1997 at Antalya. By the end of the trip, the Uzaklar had sailed nearly 40,000 nautical miles, and is still the smallest Turkish craft ever to circumnavigate the globe.

Riva Super Aquarama

The renowned Riva Shipyard was founded by Pietro Riva in 1842 in Sarnico, Italy, and its twin-engined Super Aquarama is one of the most beautiful and sought after speed boats of all time. This example is the 100th of the Aquarama’s; it was originally sold by Lux Boat of Monaco and named as “ Vinaigrette II”.


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is responsible for sea rescue around the shores of Britain, and is famous for its innovative lifeboat design. This “Liverpool Self-righting” class boat, Serial No. 541, was built by Groves and Guttridge on the Isle of Wight in 1951, and is powered by twin Perkins diesel engines. It is self-righting, due to its inbuilt buoyancy tanks at the bow and stern. This vessel was stationed at Kilyos, on the Black Sea coast near İstanbul, by the Turkish Maritime Lines.

Tekel 15

The Turkish “Taka” is a much-loved institution in sea transport, and only a handful remain. Wooden hulled, sturdy and built for local cargo duties, the colourful Taka was a familiar sight in the waters around İstanbul. This particular example worked for the State Liquor Monopoly (Tekel) and was built in the Black Sea region in the immediate post-war years.


Bosphorus Excursion Caique

Traditional caiques which are known as “Kancabaş” or “Alamana” were used on the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. These caiques with their hook-shaped appearance are among the most precious pieces in the collection. “Kancabaş” caiques with two or three double-oars were used as excursion boats on the Bosphorus. This is an 6.8m long, richly decorated elegant excursion boat with three rows of double-oars. Kindly donated by Dr. Bülent Bulgurlu.


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