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On the morning of March 8 (at 07.10 hours), the event occurred which gained a prominent place in Turkish historiography. That very day Nurset laid the only offensive line of mines along the shore of Erenköy Bay. It consisted of 26 mines placed at a depth of 4.5 m. with irregular 100-150 m. spaces, perpendicular to most of earlier lines. The Turks became convinced of how brilliant an idea this was ten days later when three allied ships fell victim to these mines.
Last updated : 15/01/08
The Turkish yearbook of Gallipoli Studies, (Çanakkale 2004), p. 87-88, from Minesweeping operations in the Dardanelles February 29-March 17, 1915 by Piotr Nykiel. To read more about the minsweeping operations in the Dardanelles check out piotr's website : "the navy in gallipoli"
is noteworthy at this point to quote vice admiral Usborne :
it was not until the war was over that her little expedition became known to us, yet it is probable that her field of twenty (sic!) mines was the most effective ever laid since the science of mine-laying was added to the other horrors of war