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Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri

M/S Pasabahce

The oldest Turkish Passenger Ferry


The remarkable MS Pasabahce seen crossing the Bosphorus

MS Pasabahce is a remarkable all steel ferry which was ordered by “Turkive Denizcilik Isletmeleri A.S.” and she was completed in 1952 in the shipyards of Cantiere Navale di Taranto S.p.A., Taranto in Italy. Having been launched and completed she commenced her ferry service from west side of Istanbul across the Bosphorus River to the East, or Asian side of the city. She is officially operated by “Istanbul Deniz Otob?sleri A.S.” of Istanbul, but owned by “Turkive Denizcilik Isletmeleri A.S.”

MS Pasabahce departs Kabatas Pier, which is adjacent to Dolmabah?e Palace, at 9.10am and sails via Kadikoy (9.30), Kinaliada (10.00), Burgazada (10.15), Heybeliada (10.30), arriving at Prince’s Island stop of Buyukada at 10.40. From Buyukada she makes several return voyages to other destinations before returning to Kabatas where she arrives at 3.00pm. She then does one more sailing to Buyukada at 6:30pm but remains there overnight and departs Buyukada at 6.00am returns to Kabataş at 7.30am recommencing her day all over again. These times are from the IDO Ferry services 2009 Winter Timetable and may be subject to change. Rolex Replica Watches

Three captains currently operate the MS Pasabahce and these are: Captain Yasar Cakır, Captain Nuri Lor and Captain Askı Gulactı. Captains Yasar Cakır and Nuri Lor were both captains of the other famous Istanbul ferry the MS Fenerbahve. However they moved to MS Pasabahce after Captain Cemalettin Hıra retired.

Now in 2014, this remarkable 62 year old MS Pasabahce is the oldest, largest and apparently the fastest ferry which I believe is still in operation on the Bosphorus, but she is in danger due to her age of being sold in the near future for scrap, and there are many who would like to see her survive and hope to find her buyer who could giver a new and an extended future in Istanbul for she has so much to offer this and future generations. For why should we destroy all of our maritime history when there is so little superb classic Turkish maritime history left! The truth is that today Turkey has only one genuine classic passenger liner left, being the superb 1955 German built MV Akdeniz, and then there is the Grand Old Dame of the Bosphorus, the proud MS Pasabahce. Thus, let us try and retain her for our future generations to enjoy before this beauty of Turkish maritime history is gone forever. Rolex Replica Watches

Now is the time to get together and start thinking of saving the MS Pasabahce as well as the MV Akdeniz in order that both may proudly make a statement in the future about the days of excellence of Turkish maritime history!

Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian, Author & Lecturer (Retired)

Commenced in the Passenger Shipping Industry in May 1960

Official Historian of the 100-year-old MV Doulos

Founder (1994) President "SCLC"

"Save a Classic Liner Campaign"

Featuring over 594 classic Liners

A fine stern view of the Pasabahce berthed


Built by:?? Cantiere Navale di Taranto S.p.A., Taranto in Italy - 1952.

Building number:?? 141.

IMO:?? 5271070.

Call Sigh:?? TC5444.

Port of Registry:?? Istanbul.

Tonnage:?? 1,042 GRT (Gross Registered Tons).

Engines:????????????????????????? 2 Sulzer TD36 original diesel engines – total BHP 3,200 – KW 2,354.

Screws:?? Twin.

Service speed:?? 12 knots - Max 18 knots.

Length:?? 74,46m.

Width:?? 11.21m.

Draught:?? 3.85m.

Passengers:?? 2,100.


A fine bow on photograph of this fine Turkish ferry!



Page One ????? The history of MS Akdeniz and the early days of MS Karadeniz

Page Two ????? Interior photographs taken in June 2006 and other images

Page Three?? Photographs by Peter Knego taken of Akdeniz in 1998

Page Four???? Photographs and details of MS Karadeniz and MV Izmir, Ege & Marmara

Page Five ...???? NEW – A superb page packed full of photographs of the ships interiors taken by Dr. Ata Bilgili

??????????????????????? whilst she has been at anchor as an accommodation vessel

New Page???? Two fine Turkish ships SS Iskenderun and Samsun built in 1950/51

New Page ???? MS Pasabahce is a remarkable 1955-built Turkish all steel ferry and it is now in need of saving!



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