Ottoman battleship Abdul Kadir

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Plan and side views of the rearmed ship
Class overview
Name:Abdul Kadir
Operators:Template:Country data Ottoman Empire Ottoman Navy
Built:October 1892–1904
Career Ottoman Naval Ensign
Name: Abdul Kadir
Operator: Ottoman Navy
Builder: Constantinople
Laid down: 1892
Fate: Scrapped 1914
General characteristics (as designed)
Type: pre-dreadnought battleship
Displacement: 8,100 long tons (8,230 t)
Length: 340 ft (103.6 m)
Beam: 65 ft (19.8 m)
Draft: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 12,000 ihp (8,948 kW) (estimated)
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph) (estimated)
Armament: 2 × 2 - 283-millimeter (11 in) guns
6 × 1 - 150-millimeter (5.9 in) guns
8 × 1 - 87-millimeter (3.4 in) guns
8 × 1 - 37-millimeter (1.5 in) guns
6 × 1 - 14-inch (356 mm) torpedo tubes
Armor: Belt: 9 in (229 mm)
Deck: 2.5 in (64 mm)
Barbette: 6 in (152 mm)
Bulkheads: 4 in (102 mm)

Abdul Kadir was an Ottoman pre-dreadnought battleship laid down in 1892 at the Constantinople dockyard. After she was framed with armor near the turn of the century, very little work was done to her other than to plate in the area near the keel before work ceased. When work was scheduled to resume in full force in 1904, the keel blocks had shifted and rendered her a total loss. She was scrapped in the slipway in 1914, near the start of World War I. She was to have a main armament of four 283-millimeter (11 in) guns, mounted in barbettes protected by 6 inches (152 mm) of armor.


The Abdul Kadir was the Ottoman Navy's first pre-dreadnought.[1][2] She was to have displaced 8,100 long tons (8,230 t), been 340 ft (103.6 m) long, have a beam of 65 ft (19.8 m) and a draft of 23 ft 6 in (7.2 m).[1][2] Along with the elderly central battery ironclad Mesudiye, she would have been one of the largest ships in the Ottoman Navy.[3]


The Abdul Kadir was to have been propelled by reciprocating steam engines rated at an estimated 12,000 indicated horsepower (8,900 kW) for which an unknown number of boilers provided steam. The engines drove two propeller shafts to an estimated speed of 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph).[1]


As the Abdul Kadir was a barbette ship, her primary armament of four 283-millimeter guns were planned to be in two twin barbettes on the centerline. This was augmented by a secondary battery of six 150-millimeter (5.9 in) guns in single mounts on the sides of the ship. The ship's tertiary armament was eight 87-millimeter (3.4 in) and eight 37-millimeter (1.5 in) guns in single mounts.[1][2] Abdul Kadir was also equipped with six above-water trainable 14-inch (356 mm) torpedo tubes.[1]


As a barbette ship, the Abdul Kadir had 6 inches (152 mm) of armor on the barbettes and 9 inches (229 mm) for her belt armor. The waterline belt would have been 6 feet 6 inches (2.0 m) high, although how much would have been above or below the waterline is unknown. Her deck was 2.5 inches (64 mm) thick and the bulkheads inside the ship were 4 inches (102 mm) thick.[1]


The Abdul Kadir was laid down in 1892 at the Constantinople Dockyard.[2] When the ship was close to launching, progress on her was slowed down at around the turn of the century, with only the belt armour being added to the ship in the next four years. After work returned to the ship in full force in 1904, it was discovered that the keel blocks, blocks designed to keep the hull of a ship stable and at an even level, had sunk into the ground, which twisted the ship's frame and rendered the ship a total loss.[1] She was scrapped on the slipway in 1914, near the outbreak of World War I.[1][2]



  • Gardiner, Robert, ed (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860—1905. New York: Mayflower Books. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4.