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Gallipoli Tour 2018

World War I Tour of Gallipoli & Istanbul

Daily observations and photos from trip guest Ed Coates who joined Joey Pool on Perth Scuba’s tour of Turkey.

Written by Ed Coates

29 May 2018

Anzac Cove by Edward Coates

The shores of Gallipoli.

ANZAC Cove from about 2000 metres out.

Lone Pine on the far right. The Sphinx to the centre. Courtney’s Post to the left.

Can’t even imagine what it would be like to be on those lighters not knowing if you were going to survive, with artillery shells going overhead, the crack of bullets skipping past your head and watching your brothers in arms pay the ultimate price.

Lest we forget.

Day 1 of diving the Gallipoli wrecks….

30 May 2018 

Gallipoli WWI shipwreck by Johanna Pool

Our second day of diving. Barely 500m from the shores of ANZAC Cove.

Dive 1 on a supply ship HMS Lundy; Dive 2 on a experimental landing ship. Both sunk by Turkish fire support on the 6th of August 1915.

31 May 2018

Helles Point memorial

Day 3: Helles Point. Site of the British and French beach landings for the Gallipoli Campaign.

First dive on the HMS Majestic. Sunk by a German torpedo 27 May 1915.

Second dive on an unnamed transport barge. Believed sunk by land based artillery.

Visit to the British Memorial site.

1 June 2018

Turkish war memorial

Day 4: Turkish Fort overlooking the Dardanelles. The same fort where Corporal Said sunk a French battleship by manning a gun alone after his battery was wiped out.

Dive 1: Another lighter sunk by gunfire, this one with an artillery piece. 28m down.

Dive 2: HMS Majestic. Down to 21m and down towards the stern.

After the dives we visited the French Memorial Cemetery, resting place of 38000 soldiers and then to the Turkish Martyrs Monument.

Turkish fort

2 June 2018

North beach

Day 5. Last day of diving the wrecks of Gallipoli and the Dardanelles.

First dive on another transport barge to 28m. Vis was down as was the water temperature!

2nd Dive was on the Milo. Initially used as a supply barge it was later converted to a generator to provide power to the ANZACs on the beach. It sits in 4m of water only 100m from ANZAC Cove.

Big thanks to Levent and the crew at Blackfish Dive. Amazing few days.

Northpoint 1915

3 June 2018

City of Troy

This mornings trip to Troy was enlightening to say the least.

A city ruin that still stands today, over 25 times longer than we have existed as a nation.

One of the most influential components for the growth of the European civilisation, it’s importance is still found today.

The dream and the reality of Troy are also very different, from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey with Helen, the face that launched a thousand ships, Achilles, Agamemnon, Ulysses, Paris and Hector, not to mention the infamous Trojan Horse and few Greek gods thrown into the mix!

Again a massive thanks to Aykut Degre and his knowledge!

More pictures will be added once downloaded!

Sunset at Walker's Ridge - ANZAC Gallipoli

Sunset at Walker’s Ridge – ANZAC Gallipoli

5 June 2018

Istanbul's cistern

Istanbul – Day 1.

Tours through the Basilica Cistern, the Topkapi Palace and the Spice Bazaar….

The cistern dates back 1500 years and held 100000 tonnes of fresh water for the palace and city for DAILY consumption. Built by the Romans it was in use for hundreds of years before been lost to time. Rediscovered in the 1920s it’s an amazing piece of architecture.

The Topkapi Palace was the home of the Ottoman Sultans and was built in the mid 1600s. A lot of history in these walls including several relics from the religious pasts, historical weapons captured as war booty and a collection of antique clocks worth millions. Unfortunately photos were not allowed of all the places…… Topped off with Turkish coffee and tea overlooking the Bosporus. And a cheeky submarine!

Sofia Hagia Palace

The Spice Bazaar is as it sounds AND smells. The fragrant smell of cinnamon, cardamom and hundreds more fill the air. And best of all, try before you buy Turkish delight!

5 June 2018


Day 2 – Istanbul

Ed Coates

Just a short walk around Istanbul today only covered 8kms.

Today the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazzar. Apparently my camera decided to enhance the light so the photos aren’t as good as hoped.

Hagia Sophia is another piece of amazing architecture that has survived, albeit 2 rebuilds after riots, for 1600 years. Initially a Christian church it was changed to a mosque in the 1600s by the Ottomans. The 1500 year old 8m high bronze doors open to one of the largest religious structures in the world. The original mosaics are there and are under going restoration to their original forms. It was also used to coronate the kings. Visited by the Vikings who used the light to guide their ships in, it is breath taking.

The Blue Mosque is another grand structure, built 400 years ago it allows for 3000 worshippers to pray. It was built over 10 years and completed in 1618 and is still in use today. The original structures, tiling and colours are almost as vivid today as they would of been when completed.

Blue Mosque

The Hippodrome or Horse Way, was where the charioteers would race for their freedom over an 800m track completing 6km. Now it’s an open street market where the Muslim populace comes down to break their Ramadan fast at sunset. It also has two obelisks, one from Turkey that was sheeted in bronze and gold stars, the other from Egypt. It also has the remains of the Serpent Column. The three heads were used as target practice in the 1700s to test the Turks new rifles.

Finally the Grand Bazzar. 4000 shops, 180 streets, all under the one roof. It can be a labyrinth with 22 exits, and thousands of products all jammed together. Bargaining is expected!

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