Boats and ferries of Turkish history .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - A new book has been published that looks at the various ships that have made a mark on Turkey’s maritime history.

Written by historian Murat Koraltürk and published by the Istanbul Seabuses and Fast Ferries Inc., the book "101 Ships," tells the stories of the more noteworthy ships. Included are ships such as those from Şirket-i Hayriye, a company that operated between 1854 and 1945 on the Bosphorus and carried both passengers and freight, to the ferries of İzmir, from fire boats of the Bosphorus to Van and Bitlis ships. There are boats of Ottoman sultans and the boat of the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, "Savarona." The book covers the trials and triumphs of these boats and many more.

The sections of the book that mention "Savarona," where Atatürk spent the last two months before his death and hosted meetings of the council of ministers, and the sultan’s yacht "Ertuğrul" are possibly the most interesting.

Stories about Turkish sailors and amateur mariners
The book not only deals with ferries and passenger boats, but also the sailor Sadun Boro’s boat "Kısmet." Boro traveled the world in his boat and is one of the important names among amateur mariners. There is also a section that covers the sailors Osman and Zuhal Atasoy’s boat named "Uzaklar."

101 Ships also mentions the boats; "Meserret," "Nusret," "Gayret," "İhsan," "Rağbet," "Metanet," "Resanet," "İntizam," "İkdam," "Resan," "Rüçhan," "Sultaniye" and "Sütlüce," constructed in shipbuilding yards in England and sailed to Istanbul where most were sunk by the Russian or British navies. The book covers the struggle of Capitan Tahsin to save the "Hünkar İskelesi" from a British submarine. When the captain realized he could not save the ship he made sure he could save the passengers.

The book also covers some of the more famous wrecks that are known to lie on the seabed in and around Turkey. The 244 page book with photos will be donated to libraries and universities.