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Ertuğrul exhibition now open in Istanbul

Ertuğrul exhibition now open in Istanbul

The exhibition, displays pieces of the Ertuğrul frigate, ship components, pieces of dinner sets and belongings of officers.

Ertuğrul was a sailing frigate of the Ottoman Navy. While returning from a goodwill voyage from Japan in 1890, she foundered off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture

The Ertuğrul was sent by Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II to give gifts to the Japanese emperor but sank on Sept. 16, 1890, after encountering a typhoon off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture in the Pacific Ocean. The accident resulted in the loss of 533 sailors.

The ship experienced some problems during her long journey. On 26 July 1889, she entered the Suez Canal and ran ashore in Great Bitter Lake, destroyed the stern post and lost the rudder. After repairs, Ertuğrul set sail again on 23 September.

While sailing in western Indian Ocean, the ship took on water from the bow. The crew was unable to conduct the necessary repairs until they reached Singapore.

Ertuğrul was repaired in Singapore and departed on 22 March 1890. After a ten-day stop in Saigon, she arrived in Yokohoma on 7 June 1890.

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