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Reflecting a special interest of our founder, the Museum has a huge range of Marine exhibits. Full size vessels like the steam tug Liman 2 or the characterful Turkish 'Taka', a unique set of Bosphorus rowing boats, and a fine and extensive collection of models from rowing boats to ocean liners set the scene: these are complemented by hundreds of nautical artefacts from basic ships' equipment - anchors, telegraphs, binnacles, blocks & tackles - to superb and decorative navigation instruments like sextants, octants, hourglasses and bearing indicators.

M/V Fenerbahçe Ship
Fenerbahçe and her sister ship Dolmabahçe were built by William Denny & Brothers Dumbarton, in 1952 in Scotland, Glasgow.This 'Bahçe type' ship was coming into service on 14 of May, 1953 in Şirket-i Hayriye (today's Türkiye Denizcilik İşletmeleri). Over many years plyed between Sirkeci-Adalar-Yalova-Çınarcık. Carried traditionally British design in its apperiance and in interior decoration, also very similar in it's functional design and speed as the Paşabahçe. The ship with both 1.500 horsepower Sulzer diesel motors and twin screw can make 18 mil speed per hour and also looks surprisingly good with her great chimney and specially wooden parts. Last trip of the ship was on 22 of December,  2008 named 'Farewell Tour'.
(On loan from İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality).
Submarine 'TCG Uluçalireis'

This vessel was originally built as the BALAO/TENCH-class US Navy Submarine USS THORNBACK (SS-418) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, USA in 1944: it is more than 93m long, and displaces more than 2,400 tons. The boat saw service in the Second World War against the Japanese before being decommissioned and placed in the US Navy Reserve fleet in 1946. In the early 1950s USS THORNBACK was modernised to GUPPY IIa specification and re-entered service in 1953. She was transferred to the Turkish Navy on 2nd July 1971, and immediately renamed TCG Uluçalireis with pennant number S-338. She then gave thirty years of valuable service to the Republic of Turkey before being finally transferred to the care of this Museum in 2001.

Tekel 15

The Turkish 'Taka' is a much-loved institution, 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 Istanbul. This particular example worked for the State Liquor Monopoly, Tekel and was built in the Black Sea region in the immediate post-war years.


Tugboat "Liman II"

The Liman 2 was built in Holland in 1935, and served the Port of Istanbul continuously until 1990, when she was bought and restored for the museum in 1991. Measuring almost 19m in length and weighing more than 50 tons gross, she is powered by a triple expansion steam engine of some 170 hp. Liman 2 is in fully working condition and can still occasionally be seen in steam.


Riva Aquarama

Surely one of the most beautiful and glamorous motorboats ever designed, the Riva Aquarama is one of the last wooden vessels from the famous Riva Shipyard in Italy. It is powered by twin Chris-Craft V8 engines of 230 hp each.



The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is responsible for sea rescue around the shores of Britain, and is famous for its innovative lifeboat designs. 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. It was part of a batch of 10 boats ordered, then cancelled by the RNLI: the makers later completed the boats and sold them privately. This vessel was stationed at Kilyos, on the Black Sea coast near Istanbul, by the Turkish Maritime Lines.

Bosphorus Boat


Before the construction of the shore roads on both sides of the Bosphorus (and a very long time before the two bridges!) the only way to access palaces and mansions along the Bosphorus shores was by boat. This 6.8 metre Royal boat is particularly elegant, with its 3 pairs of oars and rich and colourful decoration.


Outboard Motor Collection


The Museum houses a remarkable collection of over 30 outboard motors, with such famous and evocative names as British Seagull, Johnson, Evinrude, Sea King and Champion - as well as rarer marques like Water Witch, Muncie, Lockwood and Elfo.



1961 Amphicar

The amphibious Amphicar was designed in 1957-8 in Germany. It has a rear mounted Triumph Herald engine, driving the rear wheels or propellers, and is steered in water by turning the front wheels.


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