11 December Friday

Haliç Shipyards Turn 565

The 565th anniversary of the foundation of “Haliç Shipyards”- the oldest shipyard in the world, was celebrated with a ceremony. Tersâne-i Âmire (Imperial Arsenal), founded by Sultan Mehmed II in 1455, has been operating since then.

Speaking at the ceremony, City Lines Inc.’s General Director Ms. Sinem Serhan Dedetaş said: “We have the rightful pride of owning, preserving and keeping this invaluable heritage that has been standing for more than 5 and a half centuries."

Istanbul’s historic Haliç Shipyard, where the maintenance and renovation of ships owned by city lines and private institutions are carried out, is now 565 years old. A ceremony, where all employees of City Lines Inc. attended at the same time, was held at the front end of the dry dock built by Selim III. in 1790, which is the last remaining shipyard from Tersane-i Amire. During the ceremony, Ms. Sinem Dedetaş also hammered a star and a plaque into the woodblock. 

While delivering a short speech, City Lines Inc.’s General Director Ms. Sinem Serhan Dedetaş said: “We have the rightful pride of owning, preserving and keeping this invaluable heritage that has been founded by Mehmet the Conqueror two years after he conquered Istanbul and has been standing for more than 5 and a half centuries. It is more like an industrial museum than a shipyard. We have very old, but still, working machines running. We also provide care, maintenance, and repair services not only to our ships, but also to non-institutional ships, with three dry docks, two shipbuilding sleds, and our enormous experience.”

At the ceremony, a plaque of appreciation was presented to Dursun Bekçi (81), the oldest of the shipyard retirees, and to Mehmet Yazıcı, who has been working in the shipyard for 48 years, by Ms. Dedetaş. She also cut the birthday cake of the Shipyard with them.

About Haliç Shipyards - Tersâne-i Âmire

The shipyard was founded on the Golden Horn, two years after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453, and initially called the Galata Shipyard located in an area stretching from Kasımpaşa to Hasköy, where his ships reached the Golden Horn on a road through a small cove with the help of men and oxen. Tersane-i Amire, whose foundation was laid on December 11, 1455, and was put into operation with several eye-building sleds in the same year, was also called Istanbul Shipyard since then. The shipyard became an industrial center where modern science was applied for the first time in the Ottoman Empire. The first of the active dry docks of the shipyard is Selim III. had it built-in 1790. The second pool was put into use by Mahmut II in 1825. The construction of the third dry dock, the largest, was started in 1857 during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid, but was completed in 1870 during the reign of Sultan Abdülaziz.


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