By Tuncay Zorlu

Ottoman naval know-how underwent a metamorphosis below the rule of thumb of Sultan Selim III. New different types of crusing warships similar to - and three-decked galleons, frigates and corvettes started to dominate the Ottoman fleet, rendering the galley-type oared ships out of date. this era observed technological options reminiscent of the adoption of the systematic copper sheathing of the hulls and bottoms of Ottoman warships from 1792-93 onwards and the development of the 1st dry dock within the Golden Horn.

The altering face of the Ottoman military used to be facilitated by way of the impression of the British, Swedish and French in modernizing either the shipbuilding region and the behavior of naval battle. via such measures as education Ottoman shipbuilders, heavy reliance on support from overseas powers gave technique to a brand new trajectory of modernization. utilizing this proof, Zorlu argues that even supposing the Ottoman Empire was once an enormous and sleek self sustaining strength during this interval, a few technological dependence on Europe remained.

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73 In the year 1803, 200 kantars of lead were demanded for the equipment and fitting out of the three-decked Mesudiye galleon and some other ships. 74 Sailcloth (Kirpas) Sailcloth was a type of cloth woven from canvas and used in the production of sails and awnings of sailing vessels. 75 It has already been discussed how the transition from the traditional oar-powered galley type ships to the galleon type sailing DEVELOPMENTS IN OTTOMAN SHIPBUILDING TECHNOLOGY 25 ships created a huge demand for sailcloth.

The Mr. Bailey mentioned in Mr. Renmil’s letter is a renegade Englishman, with a suffice knowledge of mathematics and mechanics to pass for a good mechanical engineer among the Turks: he is very much in confidence. Mr. Hamilton Unfortunately, the results of the correspondence and later developments to this end are unknown. However, it is possible to infer what happened from Tann’s article on the international diffusion of the Boulton and Watts engine. 200 Therefore, we can deduce from this information that the Ottomans had used animal power to evacuate water from the dry docks, before resorting to steam power.

73 In the year 1803, 200 kantars of lead were demanded for the equipment and fitting out of the three-decked Mesudiye galleon and some other ships. 74 Sailcloth (Kirpas) Sailcloth was a type of cloth woven from canvas and used in the production of sails and awnings of sailing vessels. 75 It has already been discussed how the transition from the traditional oar-powered galley type ships to the galleon type sailing DEVELOPMENTS IN OTTOMAN SHIPBUILDING TECHNOLOGY 25 ships created a huge demand for sailcloth.

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