With the protocol signed between the TRNC Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the Near East Organization, the foundations of the area where the 66-year-old TEAL Ship belonging to the University of Kyrenia, which will be transformed into a Maritime History Museum, will be disembarked in Kyrenia Port, and work has begun. The opening of TEAL, which will be transformed into a Maritime History Museum, is planned to be held on 15 November Republic Day this year.
TEAL, which has trained dozens of captains as training and research ships at the Near East University and University of Kyrenia in the last 27 years, hosts over 5 thousand materials such as paintings, photographs, maritime objects, ship models, nautical maps as the Maritime History Museum, with its wide and comprehensive history. will enchant its visitors.
TEAL, which will be located in the area between the arrivals building and the marina at the Port of Kyrenia, will welcome the passengers who prefer the sea route to come to the island at the port. On the other hand, Girne, one of the important port cities of the Mediterranean, will add color to its identity with the most special Maritime History Museum of the region.
TEAL Ship from past to present
The TEAL was built at the Liverpool shipyards in 1955 for use as a minesweeper in the UK Navy. It was transferred to the Australian Navy after many years of use in the British Navy. TEAL, which also served here as a military ship, was later used for different areas such as passenger transportation, fishing and water sports tourism in Tanzania and the Caribbean. It was brought to TRNC in 1994 to be used as a Training and Research Ship at the Near East University Maritime Faculty. TEAL, which was used as a training and research ship within the University of Kyrenia Maritime Faculty, will now continue to serve as a museum of maritime history, of which it is an important part.
Groundbreaking of the area where the TEAL Ship belonging to the University of Kyrenia, which will be transformed into a Maritime History Museum in cooperation with the Near East Organization and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, will be disembarked at the Kyrenia PortProf. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel: “The Maritime History Museum will be a work worthy of our Northern Cyprus and Kyrenia.”
Reminding that Cyprus, as one of the most important islands of the Mediterranean, has a very special place in terms of maritime history, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Near East Formation Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel said, “We started the work by laying the foundation of the area where the 66-year-old TEAL Ship belonging to our University of Kyrenia will serve as the Maritime History Museum in the Port of Kyrenia. The Maritime History Museum, which we will open on our 15 November Republic Day, will be a work worthy of our Northern Cyprus and Kyrenia.”
Defining TEAL, which will be transformed into the Maritime History Museum, as "the pearl of the museums founded by the Near East Formation", Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel said, “As the Maritime History Museum, TEAL will welcome its visitors at the Port of Kyrenia as a token of the Near East Organization's commitment and sensitivity to tourism, culture, our roots and traditions.”