Bandırma Ferry

Bandırma Ferry

Bandırma is an Ottoman mixed cargo ship famous for its historical role in transporting Mustafa Kemal Pasha from Istanbul, which was then Constantinople, to Samsun in May 1919, which symbolizes the foundation of the Turkish national movement.

The famous ship Bandırma steamer, built-in 1878 in Paisley, Scotland, was a 47.7-meter cargo ship with a capacity of 192 gross register tons. The ship was christened Trocadero for Robinson and Dansey and sailed as a cargo ship for 5 years.

The historic ship was purchased by Greek shipowner H. Psicha Preaus in 1883 and renamed SS Kymi. The famous ship Cap. He set sail with the same name after 7 years under the command of the Greek shipowner named Andreadis. The historic ship that fell after an accident in 1891 was repaired and launched again.

Taking the name of the Bandırma Ferry

Ottoman Maritime Co. He bought the famous ship in 1894 and named it SS Panderma. The ship was used as a passenger-cargo ship in the Marmara Sea for a while. On October 28, 1910, the status of the company was changed and its name became the Ottoman Transport Organization. The name of the ship was changed from Turkish for Panderma to Bandırma. The historical ship served as a postal ship in the coastal waters of the Ottoman Empire for many years.

The SS Bandırma Ferry, which collided with the British submarine HMS E11 during the First World War, survived the torpedo attack of the same ship. Bandırma, one of the ships that changed the history of the world, was decommissioned in 1924. It was sold in 1925 and was demolished in four months at a shipyard on the Golden Horn.

Importance of the Bandırma Ferry

The Ottoman Empire in the East 9th Army Inspector assigned shortly before the Inspectorate Mustafa Kemal Pasha, 16 May 1919 by Bandirma Ferry to go to Samsun due to leave Istanbul famous ship is located on the Republic of Turkey. Mustafa Kemal Pasha was sent to Anatolia by the sultan's order to oversee the disbanding process of the Ottoman Army.

Mustafa Kemal Pasha; Accompanied by 22 officers, 25 soldiers, and 8 administrative personnel, set sail in May on the old steamer whose compass was not working to navigate the choppy Black Sea. He landed in Samsun on May 19, 1919. When Mustafa Kemal Pasha went ashore, he started the Turkish national movement in Istanbul contrary to the orders given to him by the Ottoman government. This operation after nearly four years after the War of Independence began with the Bandirma Ferry has resulted in the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey.