Mehmed the Conqueror

Mehmed transports fleet overland
The Ottoman Turks transport their fleet overland into the Golden Horn.
1453 Apr 22

Mehmed transports fleet overland

Istanbul, Turkey

The Ottoman fleet under Baltoghlu could not enter the Golden Horn due to the chain the Byzantines had previously stretched across the entrance. 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.