National Geographic : 1939 Jan
( INnational ijeograpnic society IVORY AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL DECORATED THE PLEASURE BOAT OF A NEGLECTFUL SULTAN Mohammed IV rode in this barge while his mother and grandmother fought for power and the famous Kuprullu viziers ruled the Ottoman Empire. Modeled after ships of Venice and Spain, the vessel had 144 oarsmen. Finlay Photographs byBernard F.Rogers, Jr. IN THIS LUXURIOUSKAICK, ABDUL AZIZ FLOATED IDLY TOWARD FAILURE Handsome and promising, Sultan Abdul Aziz soon disappointed his friends. He was deposed onMay 29, 1876, for incapacity and extravagance. At a cost of $30,000,000 he built apalace inwhich heslept only one night.