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A fine view of The MV Akdeniz during her final day cruising
Photograph by & © Jorge Manuel Dias - www.shipspotting.com
Akdeniz seen at anchor in June 2006
MV Akdeniz seen at anchor in June 2006
Photograph by & © Dr. Ata Bilgili - Tuzla, Istanbul
This page contains a series of photographs taken & in June 2006 by Dr. Ata Bilgili, Prof. Vice Dean, Maritime Faculty, Istanbul Technical University Tuzla, Istanbul, when they were inspecting the ship as they were about to use her as a student accommodation ship
old world awaits in this delightful classic style
An old world awaits in this delightful classic style lounge
mid aft wall
The mid aft wallhas the bar, again adorned with thick leather and fine timber
corner of the library
A corner of the library
Twin bedded cabin. Does the phone have satellite connection?
A Twin bedded cabin. Does the phone have satellite connection?
Above and below – one of the bathrooms
The next series of photographs were
taken by Dr. Bilgili much later and shows the ship berthed in 2008 and 2009.
The next series of photographs were taken by Dr. Bilgili much later and shows the ship berthed in 2008 and 2009.
An excellent close up of her forward superstructure and Bridge
Her anchor chains are well kept and all her mahinerary are in working order
Below: This profile shows MV Akdeniz with all her cranes and derricks as built
Above: Promenade Deck Forward has the Music Lounge, aft is the Deck Bar far aft
A Deck Forward is the Smoking Room. Far aft is the Tourist Class Lounge - Above it is a covered lounge & Bar
Below: Forward on B Deck is the First Class Dinning Room followed by accommodations
On C Deck is the old Tourist Class Dining Room aft. Note the added large Labourites on the lower decks
Memorabilia & Personal collections
The following items are all provided by Dr. Bilgili. 1. The cover of a folder. This was found on board and it would have contained ships information for the passenger. In the 90’s she was operated by Goksel Shipping for some time. 2. Post Card is from the Doctor’s personal collection. 3. The Menu shown was also found on board and is now in the doctor’s safe hands!
The Turkish Maritime - Goksel Shipping Folder
1. The Turkish Maritime - Goksel Shipping Folder
postcard of MV Akdeniz close to her final days of cruising
A postcard of MV Akdeniz close to her final days of cruising
beautiful Menu cover depicting the Minaret’s of Istanbul
A beautiful Menu cover depicting the Minaret’s of Istanbul
would sail that and the next summer and then she was handed over to the
There will be further NEW 2009 images of her interiors soon
Here is one superb view of the Akdeniz in 2009 – It is amazing, but her superstructure remains 100% as built
Photograph by & © Dr. Ata Bilgili -
“Save theMV Akdeniz Campaign”
Working together - Reuben Goossens founder - “SCLC” - “Save a Classic Liner Campaign”
Dr. Ata Bilgili, Maritime Faculty,
ssMaritime in combination with the founder of the original “Save a Classic Liner Campaign” - Reuben Goossens, and Dr Ata Bilgili of Istanbul have now commenced a new campaign the “Save the MV Akdeniz Campaign” and we hope that this fine all original ship will receive your support and from around the world, I need genuine ship lovers to get behind her for this is indeed a remarkable ship! How many ships do you know that has not been modified or rebuilt in some way? MS Akdeniz is an original that proudly sailed under the Turkish flag for 42 years, and she has served the academic community for the past 12 years.
Peter Knego has told me that he will visit her next month when he is in Turkey and the author will visit her in September when in Turkey.
Although she is currently in fulltime use and there is certainly no indication that she is about to be sold. However, as we have experienced with other ships, it is preferable to be well prepared in advance. Without doubt, this ship is unique to any other classic ship that may come on the market at this time for the reason that she is an original and totally unspoilt! There are several possibilities that we could consider for her future:
This will mean that we could keep Akdeniz operational but with a crew of around
36, and use her locally or even internationally as an emergency accommodation
and/or a hospital ship, should there be a need. For the rest of the time she
can continue as a floating student Faculty in
If there are any further ideas or special interest in this fine ship - please email me for details.
MV Akdeniz seen in her prime days of cruising
From the Ata Bilgili collection
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!
If you have any ideas or special interest in the MV Akdeniz please
Email Dr. Ata Bilgili at MV_Akdeniz@yahoo.com
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