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    Shipwreck in Istanbul


    The Geylan Bey was a small oil tanker built in 1962. This 500-ton ship got caught in a heavy storm in late November 2008 and ran aground in Harem, on the Asian side of Istanbul.
    In the background you can see the skyline of Istanbul's European side.
    At the southern entrance of the Bosphorus, in the Marmara Sea, there are always dozens of ships at anchor (see other photo), either waiting their turn to enter the Strait or laid up while awaiting a charter.

    A sudden westerly gale is likely to cause such ships to drag anchor and run aground in Harem or Haydarpaşa on the Asian side, a few miles to the east. This is what happened in November 2008 to the Geylan Bey and two more tramp tankers, the Transpetrol II and the Feya. The latter two were towed away, while the Geylan Bey was still hugging the rocks in 2009, when the photo was taken.

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