Nominal Guns128ref:551
NationalityOttoman Empire
OperatorState Navy
Home PortConstantinople - Turkey W006
How acquiredPurpose builtref:551
ShipyardConstantinople - Turkey ref:551
Designed by Ismail KalfaEWIKI
Constructor Antuvan KalfaEWIKI
CategoryFirst Rateref:551
Ship TypeShip of the Line
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:829
Length of Gundeck223' 0"Imperial Feet67.9704 
Breadth61' 8"Imperial Feet18.796 
Depth in Hold30' 0"Imperial Feet9.144 
Draught Forward26' 11"Imperial Feet7.929 
Draught Aft27' 9"Imperial Feet8.2623 
Burthen3,934Tons and Tonnage 


1832Broadside Weight = 2060 Imperial Pound ( 934.21 kg)ADM1
Lower Gun Deck34 Turkish 32-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck2 Turkish 50-Pounder
Middle Gun Deck32 Turkish 32-Pounder
Upper Gun Deck34 Turkish 24-Pounder
Quarterdeck/Forecastle26 Turkish 42-Pounder Carronade

1 Flag Officer

1854 - 1855Kapudan PashaKayserili Ahmet PashaEWIKI

Service History

9.1854Siege of Sevastopol

Allied naval bombardment of Sevastopol



ref:551Efsane Gemi Mahmudiye Kalyonu (2nd edition)Hacer BulgurcuoğluBook
W006Sailing WarshipsTeemuWeb Site
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ref:829Navies of the World 1835-1840John HoughtonBook
ADM1ADM 1 Admiralty: Correspondence and PapersAuthorityBook

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Posted by Domy on Sunday 30th of December 2018 20:23

Happy 190th anniversary of launching!!!

Posted by John Houghton on Saturday 27th of December 2014 10:33

Oops! Early armament in my post below should read 2 brass 50-pounder guns, 66 brass 32-pounder guns, 34 brass 24-pounder guns and 26 brass 42-pounder carronades.
Visited in 1841 by the Surveyor of the British Navy, Sir William Symonds, who described it as ‘... a very fine ship,’ although heavily constructed (see James A. Sharp, 'Memoirs of the Life and Services of Rear-Admiral Sir William Symonds' London 1858).

Posted by John Houghton on Friday 26th of December 2014 04:31

Length of keel was 70 zira. Was to have been converted to screw in 1855 in England (to be 5835 tons displacement, 650 nominal horse-power and 120 guns) but its condition was not good enough for this work to be undertaken. Ordered broken up in December 1874 (see Idris Bostan 'Kürekli ve Yelkenli Osmanlı Gemileri' 2005).

Early armament was recorded as 2 brass 50-pounder guns, 100 brass 32-pounder guns and 26 brass 42-pounder carronades (see Report of 9 March 1832 on the Ottoman fleet by Captain Grey in UK National Archives FO 78/209). The mounting of brass guns suggests they were manufactured in Turkey and Captain Grey was therefore reporting approximate English equivalents rather than exact calibres.

Posted by John Houghton on Thursday 11th of December 2014 03:25

I suspect designer and constructor here should be reversed. Kalfa and Efendi are Turkish titles so Ismail Kalfa = foreman Ismail while Mehmet Efendi = gentleman Mehmet. As you might already known, Turkish society used given names only at this time so individuals were identified by rank, etc. Regards, John

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