Clodia, traveling from London to Istanbul on a non-motorized boat, the head figure of a confused sailor, the model of Dolly, one of the oldest surviving examples of steamboats powered by mechanical power… Rahmi M. Koç Museum, its extensive collection of nearly a thousand maritime objects. It offers its visitors an important historical, cultural and artistic heritage.
Located at the confluence of two continents, the Rahmi M. Koç Museum, with a unique view on the Golden Horn coast of Istanbul, maintains its distinction as Turkey's first and only industrial museum. Reflecting the developments in the history of industry, communication and transportation, Rahmi M. Koç Museum's rich maritime collection forms a large part of the museum. Nearly a thousand objects are exhibited in the collection, from ship models to pleasure boats and sailboats, from ephemera to canoes, from the Sultan's Boat to steam yachts. The 'best's in the maritime collection of the Rahmi M. Koç Museum, which conveys the maritime history and cultural heritage from the past to the present, are also quite remarkable. Here are those objects:
The oldest object: The Rosalie is Europe's oldest known steam tug. It is the only one of its kind due to its original 95 HP compound steam engine. The ship was built in 1873 in the Netherlands by J & K Smit Shipyard in Kinderdijk for the Dutch Ministry of Defense and served in the Torpedo Service in Brielle under the name "Den Briel" until 1924.
Youngest object: Built in 2020 at RMK Marine Shipyard, Push Kaktır is an inboard-engined pleasure boat and tugboat at the same time. The 10,06-horsepower engine of the 150-meter-long boat was produced by Ford Otosan.
Oldest object: The wooden ship head depiction of a confused sailor, which has been in the collection since the foundation of the museum, is the oldest part of the museum collection. It was believed that ship head figures, which were used until the 20th century, protected the ships.
The newest object: The ship's rudder, taken from the Acar Ferry, exhibited in the Atatürk section. Acar Engine was built in Germany in 1937 for Atatürk. It was used by statesmen for trips between the Bosphorus, Islands and Yalova, especially Atatürk. It also served as a protocol boat during the hosting of foreign heads of state and guests.
The lightest object: Small ship models in a glass bottle in the museum collection. Small ship models placed in glass bottles, which started to be produced from the 1860s, turned into an important hobby for sea people.
Heaviest object: Uluçalireis Submarine. It was built in 1944 at Portsmouth Shipyard under the name USS Thornback (SS-418), with a length of 93 meters and a weight of 2 tons. He joined the Naval Forces Command on July 400, 2, given the name TCG Uluçalireis and board number S-1971.
The largest and most powerful object: Turgut Alpine crane. The 32-meter-high object is the steam-powered matchuna of the TCG Turgut Alpine barge, built in Bremen, Germany in 1887 and serving in the Turkish Navy, with a lifting capacity of 85 tons.
Smallest object: Pocket compass by Bezard. The compass is 7.5 cm high, 5.2 cm wide and 6 cm deep.
Most interesting object: Fenerbahce Ferry. Fenerbahçe Ferry was built in Glasgow, Scotland in 1952, together with its sister Dolmabahçe Ferry. A member of the “Garden-type” ferryboats, the ferry was put into service on May 14, 1953 at the Company-i Hayriye (today's Turkish Maritime Enterprises). The ferry, which has been sailing between Sirkeci-Adalar-Yalova-Çınarcık for many years, made its last voyage, called the Farewell Tour, on 22 December 2008.
The most interesting object: River Navigator Clodia. The non-motorized boat Clodia, on which the traveler Giacomo de Stefano traveled from London to Istanbul, took 6 months and traveled 5 countries with a total distance of 200 km, has been on display at the museum since 12.
The most special object: 1:8 scale model of Steam Launch Dolly, the oldest surviving example of mechanically powered steamboats in the world.
The farthest object: Kismet exhibited in the museum. Between 1965 and 1968, Sadun Boro and his wife Oda Boro, who sailed around the world with their boat called Kısmet, went down in maritime history as the first Turkish yachtsmen to fly the Turkish Flag in the world's seas.