Thursday, December 2, 2021

Gallipoli Underwater Museum Opens In Turkey


To celebrate the centennial of modern Turkey, the Turkish government has announced the opening of a historical stretch of its coast to divers worldwide.

The area is off Gallipoli and features 14 World War I wrecks.

The new Gallipoli Historical Underwater Park lies off the coast of the small village of Seddulbahir, on the Gallipoli peninsula. While diving was previously permitted in the area it did require a special permit.

Of the 14 wrecks open to divers, the most well-known is the pre-dreadnought battleship HMS Majestic, which was sunk by a U-boat with the loss of 49 men.

The site is the scene of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign that claimed the lives of around 130,000 soldiers from all sides, including 10,000 troops from Australia and New Zealand, 10,000 French troops, 25,000 British Soldiers, and 86,000 Ottoman soldiers.

(Featured image credit: Directorate of Gallipoli Historic Site)

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!