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The first steamships in the Ottoman Navy were the four Mecidiye-class armed frigates built locally in Constantinople by Tersane-i Amire in 1847 and 1848
Length 69.1 m wooden hull, 1443 GT, Two-cylinder engine by Maudslay & Sons & Field of London UK. Speed 9 knots

Mecidiye : Decommissioned in 1896 and scrapped in 1903
Decommissioned in 1867 and scrapped in 1868
Saik-i Sadi :
Decommissioned in 1867 and scrapped in 1869
Feyza-i Bahri :
Decommissioned in 1878 and scrapped in 1880

In 1862 the newly-rebuilt Egyptian navy yacht was commissioned as Sultaniye having been gifted to the Ottoman Sultan by the Khedive of Egypt


Built in 1853 by CJ Mare at Blackwall (near London)
119.2 m (391.1 ft) wooden hull.  Engine : 2 cyl. by Maudsley & Co of London
Built for the navy of the Ottoman province of Egypt and named Feyz-i Cihat
Rebuilt in 1861 by Forrester & Co at Liverpool
Given to the Ottoman Sultan as a gift in 1862 and renamed Sultaniye
Used for numerous diplomatic missions
From 1877 it was used as an Aviso by the Ottoman Navy
Laid up in 1905
Scuttled at the harbour entrance of Izmir in 1912 in anticipation of an Italian attack on the port

In 1865, the navy commissioned another yacht, the much smaller Surreya


Built in 1865 by Samuda Bros of Poplar, London
56.1 m iron hull. Engine : 2 x 2 cyl by J Penn of London
Refitted locally in 1892 and decommissioned in 1909
Scrapped in 1921

In the early 1860s a number of fast "Avisos" were ordered for messenger service

In 1864/5, four sister ships were ordered from London builders. They were 76.2 metres long , three in wood, one in Iron. They had a trial speed of 17.7 knots

Talia (Samuda Bros, engine by J Penn)
Decommissioned in 1899 and scrapped in 1909
Izzeddin (Thames Iron Works, engine by J Penn) In stationary service from 1908. Decommissioned in 1918 and scrapped in 1929
Fuad (Millwall Iron Works, engine by Ravenhill, iron hull) In stationary service from 1908. Siezed by Greek forces in 1912 and in Greek service until 1919. Scrapped in 1921
Ismail  Decommissioned in 1898 and scrapped in 1909

Between 1866 and 1869 the Ottoman government bought a number of vessels which had originally been built for the Confederate Navy in the USA but had been cancelled following the end of the US Civil War and were laid up on the Thames and Mersey rivers in the hands of British shipbuilders.

Hanya : J&W Dudgeon, London, 70.1 m iron hull, 1 cylinder, Built in 1863 as Run Her for the Confederate Navy. In commission 1866-1904. Scrapped 1909
Kandiya : 73.0 m iron hull, In commission 1867-1899, static use at Beirut 1882-1896 before lay-up at Constantinople.
Resmo : 69.8 m iron hull, in commission 1868-1905, scrapped in 1909
Eser-i Nusret : Jones, Quiggin of Liverpool, 87.8 m (260.3 ft) iron hull, 900 GT. Engine by J Watt. Built as Rosine for the Confederate navy. In commission 1869-1890
Medar-i Zafer :
Jones, Quiggin of Liverpool, 87.8 m (260.3 ft) iron hull, 900 GT. Built as Ruby for the Confederate navy. In commission 1869-1890

The following was taken over from the Greek Navy after a short conflict which led to her beaching
Arkadi : W Potter & Son, London, 78.0 m, originally planned as Dream for the Confederate navy. With the Greek Navy in 1867 until taken over after being forced ashore. Decommissioned in 1896 and scrapped in 1905

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