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Bandırma Ship Museum is a museum that identifies with the date of May 19, 1919, which was the cornerstone in the process leading to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. Perhaps one of the most special representatives of the story that began with Atatürk's arrival in Samsun and eventually topped off with the Republic. The museum offers a wonderful experience for those who want to experience Samsun and the Bandırma Ferry, which had a special place in the War of Independence. Let's discover all the details about Bandırma Ship Museum together.
Bandırma Ferry, one of the symbols of Samsun or officially Bandırma Ship Museum, is located in the Canik district, approximately 10 km from the center of Samsun. The museum, located in the National Struggle Park section of Doğupark, was opened to visitors by Samsun Metropolitan Municipality on May 19, 2006.
The Bandırma Ferry story begins in the 1870s. The ferry, which was named Kymi after being produced in Glasgow in 1878 and carried cargo until 1891, sank into the sea. It was taken out of the sea on December 12, 1891, and continues to be used. When the calendar showed 1894, the name of the ferry, which was transferred to the Special Administration and started carrying passengers under the name Panderma, was changed to Bandırma on October 28, 1910. After this date, it was used as a mail ferry.
Exactly 9 years later, on May 16, 1919, the ferry departed from Galata Pier and reached Samsun on May 19, 1919, bringing Mustafa Kemal and his comrades to Samsun. The ship, which was out of service in 1924 after the proclamation of the Republic, was purchased by İlhami Söke in 1925 and was dismantled in the Golden Horn. Bandırma Ferry, which was revived in 2005 with a design drawn faithfully to the original plan of the ship, was opened for use as a museum by the municipality in 2006.
Bandırma Ship Museum is a museum consisting of two parts, indoor and outdoor areas. The part called the indoor area constitutes the part of the ship of the museum. When you enter the museum, which was built to the same size as the Bandırma Ferry, all sections can be visited by following the green arrows. There is also an open cabin called the furnishing hall in the deck section of the ship. A moment in which Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his comrades had a meeting inside the ship is recreated. In this room, where there are 5 wax statues and a table, there is also a Black Sea map embroidered on approximately 110-year-old gazelle skin.
The brass clock right in front of the statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk shows 08.00 in the morning. The reason for this is that Mustafa Kemal set foot in Samsun at 08.00 in the morning on May 19, 1919. A telephone receiver from the 19th century is also displayed in the room. There is also a fire extinguisher from the 1930s in the furnishing hall.
In the wheelhouse section of the ship, there are statues of the ship's captain, vice-captain, and code clerk. When visitors move towards the front of the ship, they see a section designed as a cabin. Bedsteads, chairs, and bedside tables handcrafted from walnut wood stand out here. One of Atatürk's most remarkable memories, his radio made of wood, is also located here.
In the exhibition section of the ship, there are documents containing information about Atatürk from his student years until his death. Additionally, the original Ottoman edition of the Treaty of Lausanne is also exhibited here. The Belgian-made service pistol of Mustafa Kemal Paşa, who was also a soldier and replicas of the clothes he wore in Dolmabahçe Palace also await visitors here.
Bandırma Ship Museum is open to visitors seven days a week. However, on Mondays, it is open between 12.00 - 17.00 due to cleaning in the museum. Bandırma Ferry Museum entrance fee is 5 TL for students and 10 TL for adults.
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