Berta Lledo and Tufan Turanli from the Bodrum Institute of Nautical Archaeology are the creative and technical backbone for the excavation of the 1890's Ottoman frigate ''Ertuğrul,'' which is now a feature film.
Sent on a symbolic friendship mission from Istanbul to Japan during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, the Ertuğrul sank off of the rocky coast of Kushimoto with a loss of 533 lives.
Local Japanese villagers opened their homes and shared their meager supplies of food with the Turkish soldiers until arrangements could be made to return the 69 remaining crew back to Istanbul.
The movie is very accurate, entertaining and has an unexpected parallel story built with its plot which emerges towards the end.
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