Mecidiye (1903)

Mecidiye, c.1910. Ottoman Navy photo, believed to be in the public domain.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1900
Launched
1903
Commissioned
1903
Decommissioned
1947
AD/BC
AD
History

Ordered from the US in 1900, Mecidiye was commissioned in 1903. She shelled Bulgarian forts at Varna during the Balkan Wars, and squared off against the Greeks during the Battles of Elli and Lemnos. Mecidiye survived the wars, and continued in operation during World War I, but was sunk by a mine while shelling the Russians at Sevastopol. The Russians raised the ship, and renamed her Prut. She was operated by the Russians until the Germans recaptured her in 1918, and returned her to their Ottoman allies. She was slated to be handed over to the allies, but was permitted to be retained by the Turks after the Turkish War of Independence. Mecidiye was returned to Turkish control in 1925, and served until 1940, when she was turned into a cadet training ship. She was decommissioned in 1947, and scrapped from 1952-56.