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  • Karamürsel Bey, who lived in the 14th century, was a commander of the Seigniory of Karasi. Karamürsel Bey was a famous Turkish commander who reclaimed İzmit bay and the southern shores as well as the town of Karamürsel which was formerly named as Promectus back from the Byzantine Empire. He established a shipyard in the cove of Kavak which was located to the southwest of Karamürsel, the town which was granted to him as vassalage by Orhan Bey, and started ship building activities there. The Ottoman Empire used the boats built here for the first time on the sea. Mürsel Alp was later named Karamürsel Alp by adding the word “Kara” (Black) to the original name because of his valor and heroism in battles and he was the first Ottoman-Turkish admiral in the history. As was a tradition of the Ottoman Turks during the early foundation era, the district governed by Karamürsel Bey was also named after him. As was written in the will of Karamürsel Alp, he was buried in the shrine in Karamürsel. To the west of the chests in his grace, there is the picture of a galiot carved in stone.

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