Learning Galleons from Manis: The Evalutation of Information About Ottoman Galleons in Ramazan-name

Aydin Y. A.

OSMANLI ARASTIRMALARI-THE JOURNAL OF OTTOMAN STUDIES, no.47, pp.291-306, 2016 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 47
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.291-306
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Ottoman naval history has emerged and attracted attention as a field of history that is comprehensively studied. One of its primary subjects is unsurprisingly the Ottoman Navy. The academic research in this field is generally based on the archival documents. Besides these, however, Ottoman literary works also contain valuable and rich information regarding the Ottoman Naval History, which also include minis of folk literature. Published by Amil Celebioglu, Ramazan-name is a manuscript that contains minis, and one of them mentions the galleons of the Ottoman navy in the 18th century. It offers us a different kind of source through which the naval history might be reevaluated. This paper studies the descriptions of the galleons mentioned in the mini based on the archival documents and modern works. The dating of this text is also established with the aid of historical research on the galleons in question. Available archival documents reveal that these galleons were available in the Ottoman naval inventory until the 1750s at the latest. Furthermore, it is also revealed that the fact that the names of the galleons were subjects of such a literary mini stemmed partly from the successful Ottoman Mora campaign (1716-1718).