first mechanic of the Isonde, Todori DAKOGLOU (PP003),
replaced Fortunato Maresi deceased. Todori occupied this position
from March 1921. He was a Turkish citizen of orthodox faith
and had studied at the two Greek schools in Constantinople
at Buyukdere and Zographion, as well as at the French school
Saint-Pierre in Galata. Furthermore, he had obtained a second
grade mechanic's diploma from the Ministry of the Marine.
From 1910 to 1914, he was a mechanic at Chirket i-Hairié,
also known as Sirket i-Hayriye, the Istanbul shipping company.
He spoke French and Greek. In 1927, he was transferred to
the department responsible for heating the premises within
the supply services department. From 1932 onwards, he also
acted as plumber and locksmith in the bank.
In 1927, apart from Todori Dakoglou, the personnel of the
steamer Isonde included:
Mehmed CHEHABEDDINE, Captain
Ali bin HASSAN, Assistant Mechanic
Ahmed MEHMEDOGLOU, Helmsman
Osman MEHMED and Minas OHANESSIAN, sailors.
When the boat was laid up during the winter, its personnel
carried out other functions, generally "responsibility
for heating the head office" or as office messenger.
Thus, in the minutes No 122 of General Management dated 17
November 1923, it was decided "to lay up the steamer
and bring its crew to the head office where they will be used
for subordinate duties. One of the Turkish servants in the
head office will be sent to the steamer as caretaker. The
captain and mechanic will from time to time oversee maintenance
of the engines" (CV-PV031 p. 992).
captain of the steamer Isonde, Mehmed CHEHABEDDINE
(PP006) was a former pupil of the School of Merchant Shipping
at Scutari (Uskudar). He had long experience in shipping:
one year's apprenticeship as pupil captain on the steamer
Edirne plying between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara,
later Captain of the steamer belonging to the Dardanelles
Health and Quarantine Department (Karantina) captain of the
Steamer Halitch (Haliç) belonging to the Turkish National
Water Company Milli Turk Su Sirketi, captain on vessels belonging
to the British Naval Transport Division in the Bosphorus.
He spoke Turkish, Greek, English and a little French. He entered
the service of the bank in 1926 and remained until January
1949. During the last years of his service, between 1932 and
his departure, he acted as "head messenger" (odabasi),
first at the head office and then at the Stamboul (Yenicami)
branch. In 1936, he adopted the family name Nuyan.
in the region of Diyarbakir in 1883, Ali bin HASSAN
(PP181) studied for 11 years at the Arsenal School of Mechanics
(Carkci Ameliyat Mektebi). He served on board numerous war
ships during the First World War. In 1923, when he was recruited
by the bank as helmsman, he had the title of officer mechanic.
The following year, he was appointed second mechanic and caretaker
on the Isonde. Following the dry docking of the steamer and
its laying up in December 1932, Ali bin Hassan was made redundant.
MEHMEDOGLOU (PP192) was born in Of in 1908. A Muslim,
he had not been to school and only spoke Turkish. He was taken
on as helmsman of the Isonde in May 1925. Following the laying
up of the steamer in October of the same year he was made
redundant and re-engaged in March 1926 for the same functions
which he continued until May 1930.
OHANESSIAN (PP142) was engaged by Imperial Ottoman Bank
on 1 November 1894 as second mechanic of the Isonde. A Gregorian
Armenian, he was originally from Ada Pazar (Ada Pazari). He
spent all his childhood in the orphanage at Yedikule. He spoke
Armenian, Turkish, Greek and a little French. For four years
he was a mechanic in the Cavafian workshops. In June 1929,
he was made redundant for the first time and replaced by Ali
Osmanoglou. A year later, he was re-engaged temporarily as
assistant and for the winter only in the boiler room. In fact,
he stayed at the Imperial Ottoman Bank until he died in December
1946 after 52 years' service. Between time in 1936 he adopted
the family name Gumusgerdan. According to the season, he switched
his function between office messenger and the bank's heating.
son of a baker and illiterate, Osman bin MEHMED (PP050)
changed his name to Osman Hasa in 1936. He was born at Kandilli
in 1890 and worked as a boatman for four years before entering
the Imperial Ottoman Bank. Recruited initially as office messenger
for two years, 1924 to 1926, he then transferred as sailor
on the Isonde and alternated these two functions according
to the season until 1932. He was then employed as messenger
at the head office until he left in 1955.