Ship hits historic mansion on Istanbul's Bosporus Strait

A tanker has crashed into a historic mansion on Bosporus strait, severely damaging the building, in Istanbul, Saturday, April 7, 2018 Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said the Maltese flagged ship's main machinery stopped Saturday, disabling its rudder and causing it to lose control. No one is reported injured.(DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
A red seaside historic mansion on the Bosporus strait, after being severely damaged by a tanker ship that crashed into it, in Istanbul, Saturday, April 7, 2018. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said the Maltese flagged ship's main machinery stopped Saturday, disabling its rudder and causing it to lose control. There are no reported injuries from the incident. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

ISTANBUL — 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 Asian shores of Istanbul, hitting the red seaside mansion of Hekimbasi Salih Efendi. No one was injured.

Anadolu said the 225-meter (738-foot) ship was carrying barley from Russia to Saudi Arabia.

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

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

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