At the beginning of 20th century the barbette battery ironclad İclaliye was already a pathetic witness of the Ottoman Navy’s former splendor.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Abdülhamid propaganda tried very hard to persuade the world that Turkey still had a strong navy. However, the construction and armament of the battleship Mesudiye left no room for illusions.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Georgios Averof cruiser.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Board of the local section of Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti in Tekirdağ

(“Donanma”)

Board of the local section of Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti in Bursa.

(“Donanma”)

Board of the local section of Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti in Tripoli, Libya.

(“Donanma”)

Official collecting box of the Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Receipt confirming a donation to the Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Commemorative badge (on the left) and a cufflink (on the right) being sold by Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti during the First World War.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Cover and title page of the 2nd issue of the “Donanma” monthly dated April 1910. Size 183 x 243 mm, 100 pages.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

During the First World War “Donanma” became a weekly. Its size changed to 253 x 378 mm, and its length was reduced to 16 pages. Instead a “colored”, 14-page long publicity supplement was added. With the passing of time an illustration aimed at  lifting the morale of Turks living on the Aegean Islands lost by the Ottomans in 1912-13 started to be permanently printed on the cover.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Two types of “Donanma İane Madalyası” (on the left the obverse, on the right the  reverse).

(source: Erüreten M., Osmanlı Madalyaları ve Nişanları. Belgelerle Tarihi, İstanbul 2001)

Turgut Reis battleship.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

From right to left: Muavenet-i Milliyye, Nûmune-i Hamiyet, Gayret-i Vataniyye i Yadigâr-ı Millet destroyers on a postcard released by the Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Gayret-i Vataniyye destroyer on a postcard released by the Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Yadigâr-ı Millet destroyer on a postcard released by the Osmanlı Donanma Cemiyeti.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Sultan Osman-ı Evvel drednought on a commemorative postcard released immediately after the contract for her purchase was signed.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

Reşadiye during trials in 1914.

(Piotr Nykiel’s collection)

The keel lying ceremony of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet dreadnought.

(„Donanma”)

 

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