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Cargo ship crashes into iconic 18th century mansion in Istanbul

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A cargo ship has crashed into a historic mansion on Istanbul's Bosporus Strait, severely damaging the building.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said the Maltese-flagged cargo ship had a malfunction Saturday that disabled its rudder and caused it to lose control in the busy waterway.

Videos showed the large ship sailing straight toward the shore, hitting the red seaside mansion named Hekimbasi Salih Efendi. No-one was injured.

Historic mansion on the Bosporus strait

The iconic mansion once belonged to a doctor who served in the Ottoman palace and dates back to the 18th century.

Anadolu said the 225-metre ship was carrying barley from Russia to Saudi Arabia.

The Bosporus is a key waterway connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and then the Aegean Sea.

AP

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