With the protocol signed between the TRNC Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the Near East Organization, the 66-year-old TEAL Ship belonging to the University of Kyrenia, itself an important part of maritime history, becomes the Maritime History Museum.
Having spent the last 27 years at the Near East University and University of Kyrenia, training and researching dozens of captains, the 66-year-old TEAL Ship becomes the Maritime History Museum founded by the Near East Creation. As the Maritime History Museum, TEAL will host more than 5 thousand materials such as paintings, photographs, maritime objects, ship models, and nautical maps.
A protocol was signed between the Near East Organization and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport for TEAL to become a Maritime History Museum. Near East Initiative Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. With the protocol signed by İrfan Suat Günsel and the Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Officialye Eroğlu Canaltay, the process of transforming TEAL into a museum has begun.
Part of maritime history
TEAL, which was produced at Liverpool shipyards in 1955 to be used as a minesweeper in the United Kingdom Navy, was transferred to the Australian Navy after many years of use in the British Navy. TEAL, which also served here as a military ship, continued to be used in different areas such as passenger transportation, fishing and water sports tourism in Tanzania and the Caribbean after its retirement. In 1994, it was brought to the TRNC to be used as a Training and Research Ship at the Near East University Maritime Faculty. TEAL, which is currently used as a training and research ship within the University of Kyrenia Maritime Faculty, will continue to serve as a museum of maritime history, of which it is an important part.
At the ceremony held for the transformation of TEAL into a Maritime History Museum, Near East Incorporation Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel and the Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Officialye Eroğlu Canaltay made speeches.
prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel: “TEAL will be the pearl of the museums founded by the Near East Organization”
Referring to TEAL's place in the maritime history at the protocol ceremony, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Near East Incorporation Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel, “TEAL was born in 1955 in the United Royal Navy. After retiring from here, he fished in Australia, Tanzania, the Caribbean, and was used for water sports tourism. Carrying deep traces of maritime history in many areas of the world's seas, TEAL came to our island in 1994. Since then, he has provided very important services in our Maritime Faculty. TEAL has trained many qualified captains who have taken the title of cavalry by captaining the world's waters and sailing in all seas and oceans. From now on, it will continue to serve the culture and tourism of our country as the Maritime History Museum.”
Defining TEAL, which will be transformed into a Maritime History Museum, as "the pearl of the museums founded by the Near East Formation", Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel said that TEAL, which is a very important part of maritime history, will host more than 5 thousand works that shed light on the maritime history of the country and the world as the Maritime History Museum.
prof. Dr. Günsel said, “TEAL will continue to serve as a museum as a token of the Near East Organization's commitment and sensitivity to tourism, culture, our roots and traditions. I wish the best for our country," he concluded.
University of Kyrenia's TEAL Ship Becomes a Museum in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport
Resimiye Eroğlu Canaltay: “TEAL will continue to keep the maritime history alive in our country with its new mission as a museum”
Officialye Eroğlu Canaltay, Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, started her speech with the words “With the protocol we signed, a project that will add great value to our country in the field of museums will be signed”. Minister Resimye Eroğlu Canaltay said, “The Near East Organization makes great contributions to our country with its initiatives in the field of museology. The museum and cultural environment is a very important factor in promoting the country and increasing the number of tourists by diversifying, as well as protecting our cultural values.
Reminding that TEAL has an impressive history dating back to the British Navy, Resimiye Eroğlu Canaltay said, "When looking at TEAL, one cannot stop thinking about what he has experienced and witnessed." Eroğlu Canaltay said, “As the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, we think that a new Maritime Museum will be a great benefit to the country's tourism and culture,” and said, “TEAL will continue to keep the maritime history alive with its new mission as a museum. I think it will add an important value to our country and to the history of humanity. I hope it will be good.”