Conquest of Constantinople

Moving the Fleet
The Ottoman Turks transporting their fleet overland into the Golden Horn. ©Fausto Zonaro
1453 Apr 22

Moving the Fleet

Galata, Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türk

Mehmed ordered the construction of a road of greased logs across Galata on the north side of the Golden Horn and dragged his ships over the hill, directly into the Golden Horn on 22 April, bypassing the chain barrier. This action seriously threatened the flow of supplies from Genoese ships from the nominally neutral colony of Pera and it demoralized the Byzantine defenders.

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