On this day in 1912, Greek torpedo boat sinks the Feth-i Bülend in Thessaloniki

Feth-i-Bulend First balkan War

October 31, 1912, marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Feth-i Bülend Ottoman warship by the Greek Navy during the First Balkan War.

During the First Balkan War, a Greek torpedo boat captained by Nikolaos Votsis set sail from its base at Litochoro near the base of Mount Olympus.

He led his crew through to Thessaloniki Harbour, which was still occupied by the Ottoman Turks and was heavily protected by minefields and coastal batteries.

Feth-i Bülend during repairs in Ansaldo factory greek sunk it
Feth-i Bülend during repairs in Ansaldo factory.

The Greek vessel, named torpedo boat Number 11, managed to avoid detection and sank the Turkish corvette Feth-i Bülend right in the middle of the harbour.

The Turkish ship, commissioned in 1870, was not only sunk by the Greek torpedo boat, but seven crew members also died during the attack.

The success of this mission was announced in the loudest and most dramatic fashion that the future of Thessaloniki and the region of Macedonia lay with Greece.

Little more than a week later, the Hellenic Army marched triumphantly into Thessaloniki.

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