Ottoman minelayer Nusret
A replica of Nusret shown in Canakkale
|Builder:||Schiffs & Maschinenbau AG Germania, Kiel, German Empire|
|Launched:||4 December 1911|
|Decommissioned:||October 1918 and laid up|
|Name:||Nusret (1922), Yardım (1937), Nusret (1939), Kaptan Nusret (1966)|
|Decommissioned:||1955 and laid up at Gölcük, for conversion to museum ship|
|Reclassified:||Diver vessel (1937), tender (1939)|
|Refit:||Sold 1962 to commercial interests and rebuilt 1962-1966 to general cargo motorship|
|Fate:||April 1989 capsized near Mersin, 1999 salvaged, 2003 memorial/museum ship|
|Length:||40.20 m (131 ft 11 in) (LPP)|
|Beam:||7.50 m (24 ft 7 in)|
|Depth:||3.40 m (11 ft 2 in)|
Nusret (Eng. 'the help of God') was a naval ship of the Ottoman Navy, which served as a minelayer during the Gallipoli Campaign, and later fulfilled various roles in the Turkish Navy; as minelayer (1927–1937), diver vessel (1937–1939) and tender (1939–1955). She was laid down in 1911 and launched from Schiff & Maschinenbau AG 'Germania' at Kiel, Germany on 4 December of that year.
Nusret was commissioned into the Ottoman Navy in 1913, captained by Lieutenant Tophaneli Hakki (Güverte Kıdemli Yüzbaşı Tophaneli İbrahim oğlu Hakkı) under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Geehl. Nusret played a pivotal role in the Dardanelles Campaign, laying 26 mines in an unexpected position in February 1915 just prior to the ill-fated invasion which sank HMS Irresistible, HMS Ocean and the French battleship Bouvet, and left the British battle cruiser HMS Inflexible badly damaged.
After World War I Nusret was laid up in Istanbul until 1926/7 when she was refitted at Gölcük. In 1937 she became the diving vessel Yardin and in 1939 reverted to Nusret as a tender. In 1955 she was decommissioned and again laid up, with the intention to convert her to a museum ship. However, in 1962 she was sold to commercial buyers who had her converted to a cargo motorship, unrecognisable as the former minelayer, entering service as Kaptan Nusret in 1966. In April 1989 she sank near Mersin Harbour, and lay submerged for 10 years.
A replica Nusret has been built by the Gölcük Naval Shipyard to be displayed in Çanakkale by the shore of the Narrows of the Dardanelles along with the types of mines that it laid in World War I. In March 2011 this Nusret was commissioned into the Turkish Navy as the museum ship N-16.
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- (in Turkish) https://web.archive.org/web/20070930015351/http://www.canakkale.org/nusrat.shtml