Not so nautical - Hasköy ferry dock

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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ferry dock, landing, pier, iskelesi, waiting, hasköy, haskoy, haliç, halic, golden horn, haliç hattı, halic hatti, golden horn line, istanbul, turkey, türkye, turkye, public transportation, payment, access, closed, shut, blocked, fence, knot, wire, electrical, installation cable, tied, metal, water, sky, blue, white, nautical, unnautical, ferry hopping

Part of my The joys of waiting for the ferry collection, shot in Istanbul, October 2011. Read more about it at the intro to the series.
You could use the collection to navigate the series, or use these small thumbnails below to jump around as you like.

Ferry dock at Üsküdar   Life of a dock fender (Eminönü)   Eminönü SOS: a lifebuoy at the ferry dock   Between the ferry docks at Eminönü   Broken pattern (Eminönü)  
Street food - the best pilav ever at Hasköy   What people do when waiting for the ferry   Not so nautical - Hasköy ferry dock   Knot - Hasköy ferry dock   Crates at the Sütlüce ferry dock  
Loose pipes... - Eminönü   ...Victaulic gauges - Eminönü   Get some cash at Üsküdar   Water, wood, concrete, paint (Sütlüce)   Yet another way to wait (Sütlüce)  
Encrustration (Hasköy)   Waiting for the ferry passengers (Üsküdar)   Water, metal, concrete, paint (Hasköy)   The blues (Haydarpaşa)   Daily commute - crossing the Bosphorus  

Spotted at the Hasköy ferry dock, during our ferry hopping trip on the Golden Horn line (Haliç Hattı).

Clearly, this knot was not tied by anyone with a nautical background. So what’s it doing at a ferry dock? I can only guess, but I suspect it has something to do with the new system in Istanbul for paying for all your public transportation with an electronic chip card: on buses, you pay with your card when getting on the bus, and for most other transports you get access by paying with your card to go through a turnstile.

I think ‘getting access’ is key here: the fence on the left side closes off access from the side of the ferry dock (so you can only get here by going through one of the turnstiles). But I’m merely guessing – if you have any other ideas, you can add them to the comments!

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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What really struck me here was the un-nautical nature of the knot. And material (electrical installation cable!). And how it was sort of decorative in its own, clumsy way. It even has a brother (or sister) which you can see here (click the image to get there):

Knot - Hasköy ferry dock

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