Moving Stones. Europe’s Neolithic Bridge: Anatolia

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"Osmanlı Denizleri: Akdeniz'den Hint Okyanusu'na" Semineri

Sualtı arkeolojisi ve haritacılık dizisi
Gencer Emiroğlu Bağımsız araştırmacı
Caiques of Bosphorus waterway : their role in Istanbul maritime landscape in the 19th Century
18 Şubat 2013 Pazartesi saat 18.00 de IFEA'da 
Sunum dili İngilizcedir 

Reading Istanbul through caiques

Would you like to be able to “read” boats? The lecture is an educational introduction to looking at and appreciating Istanbul's oar and sail powered private and merchant boats at the turn of the 20th century. There are historical and naval design clues that are embedded in every boat. How can we identify them and put them in their historical context?

Istanbul is a city built on water, her landscape extends on the water. The urban and cosmopolitan landscape of the Ottoman capital determined the local boat-building and some of the small boats used in this capital city were unique to the city and were different from those builds everywhere else.  

We will use detailed pictures to explore key characteristics of design dating from the Byzantine period to the present day.

After starting with a short description of boat designs that sailed Istanbul waterways, we will focus on the late 19th early 20th century and also on each type of boat and their elements (hull, rudder, oars, masts, sails, etc...). The emphasis is on their evolution and struggles to survive through transition times. We will look at the boatbuilding yards, the oarsmen, on boatbuilders, on the role of the landscape built by and for boats in one the worlds busiest port of its time.   
The aim is to inform Istanbul enthusiasts to better assess boats they see in pictures, in museums they visit. By demystifying the boats, it is also aimed to attract academics', researchers', artists' attention to the subject.


About the presenter:

Mr. Gencer Emiroğlu, MA, is a small watercraft historian. He is a sailor, licensed pleasure craft captain, and wooden boat refitter.

He has presented papers in international conferences on small traditional, classical and historical boats of Istanbul. He writes articles for sailing magazines, guides educational and interest tours on maritime history. 

Presentation language: English with Turkish keywords (or vice versa)

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