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Date Posted: 20:17:27 12/01/17 Fri
Author: John Houghton
Subject: Re: Turkish Navy, 1740s
In reply to: Albert Parker 's message, "Turkish Navy, 1740s" on 17:12:00 12/01/17 Fri

An article by Daniel Panzac, ‘Armed Peace in the Mediterranean 1736-1739’, Mariner’s Mirror, vol 84, no. 1 (1998) pp. 41-55 has details on the fleet for 1737-8. This is not exactly your period but might be a starting point. Daniel’s source is an anonymous report in the French Archives Nationales, Affaires Étrangères, BIII 238. According to this report the fleet consisted of 4 three-deckers (98-108 guns), 10 large two-deckers (66-72 guns), 13 mid-size two-deckers (52-62 guns) and 6 frigates or small two-deckers (38-46 guns). Available Turkish records do not confirm all the details of gun and crew numbers in the French report but it appears to be a reasonably accurate representation of Ottoman seapower at the time. Daniel summarises this data in his later La marine ottomane (Paris 2009) but does not add to it.

The best Turkish source for the early and mid 18th century I know of is Yusuf Alperen Aydin, Sultanın Kalyonları: Osmanlı Donanmasının Yelkenli Savaş Gemileri (1701-1770) (Istanbul 2011). As the title indicates, it covers the development of the navy from 1701 to 1770. It does not have specific data on the strength of the fleet in 1740s however.

I will keep looking for something in the 1740s. For those interested in Ottoman maritime history who read English but not French, an English translation of La marine ottomane is to be published by Oxford University Press next year.


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  • Re: Turkish Navy, 1740s -- John Houghton, 16:13:38 12/02/17 Sat
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