Phoenician Ship Expedition

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The Phoenician Ship Expedition 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 objective of the expedition was to prove that ships built by the ancient Phoenicians could withstand the conditions around the African coastline

The expedition reached South Africa in early 2010.[1]

The ship is 20 metres long and was constructed at Arwad Island, the site of an ancient Phoenician city-state just off the Syrian coast, by Syrian shipwright Khalid Hammoud, using traditional methods.[1]

Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition[edit]

A second sea voyage has just been completed. On Dec 31st 2019 at 11:50am the Phoenicia safely docked in the port of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. For this final voyage, Beale set out to demonstrate that the Phoenicians could have crossed the Atlantic Ocean long before Christopher Columbus.[2] The journey was launched on 28 September 2019 in the commune of Carthage (Tunisia), site of the ancient city of Carthage, and is attempting to reach the shores of the Americas by December 2019.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Phoenicia - they've reached South Africa". 29 January 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Phoenicia is back - now to cross the Atlantic". 8 March 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Who reached America first – Columbus or the Phoenicians?". 28 September 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.

External links[edit]

Official website