Phoenician Ship Expedition

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Phoenician Ship Expedition [1] is a re-creation of a 6th-century BCE Phoenician voyage conceived by Philip Beale. The replica of an ancient Phoenician ship departed from Syria in August 2008, to sail through the Suez Canal, around the Horn of Africa and up the west coast of Africa, through the Straits of Gibraltar and across the Mediterranean to return to Syria. The circumnavigation will be followed by another voyage across the Atlantic.[1]

The expedition reached South Africa in early 2010.[2]

The ship is 20 metres long and was constructed at Arwad Island, an ancient Phoenician city state just off the Syrian coast, by Syrian shipwright Khalid Hammoud using traditional methods.[3]