Ertuğrul Frigate: A Turkish Naval Ship in Japan
Ertuğrul Frigate "set sail for a new voyage" as part of a project that was launched in December 2006 in partnership with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) and with contributions of the Turkish Foundation for Underwater Archaeology (TINA), under the main sponsorship of Yapı Kredi Emeklilik (a subsidiary of Yapı Kredi between 1991 and 2013). The aim of the project was to discover and salvage the wreck of the Ertuğrul Frigate, which sank off Japan in 1890, and to revive the memory, both in Turkey and Japan, of the sailors who died, those who lived, and the Japanese fishermen who helped save them.
Accordingly, a team of prominent figures of underwater archeology, both from Turkey and across the world, undertook dives to locate the wreck. Besides the ongoing efforts under the ocean, activities aimed at refreshing people's memory about the catastrophe that befell the Ertuğrul Frigate were carried out. Two of such activities were the "Meeting of the Relatives of the Members of the Crew," which was held January 3, 2008 and brought together the relatives of the members of the crew of the Ertuğrul Frigate, and a children’s book published in collaboration with Yapı Kredi Cultural Activities, Arts and Publishing to introduce new generations of Turkish citizens to the tragic story of the Ertuğrul Frigate. The project was also supported and closely followed by government officials. President Abdullah Gül paid a visit to the city of Kushimoto during his official visit to Japan in June 2008 and participated in a ceremony held at the Ertuğrul Monument and visited the Ertuğrul Museum.
The Ertuğrul Frigate Project won the first prize at the in the "Sponsorship" category in the 2008 Golden World Awards organized by the International Public Relations Association (IPRA).
About The Frigate Ertuğrul
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