Phoenician replica ship bound for Americas

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Three years after building a replica Phoenician ship and circumnavigating Africa, former Royal Navy officer Philip Beale and his crew are planning another expedition. Next up, they plan to sail the Phoenicia from the Mediterranean to the Americas to illustrate that the Phoenicians had the capabilities and skills to cross the Atlantic 2,000 years before Christopher Columbus.

Crossing the Atlantic is an ambitious challenge as the Atlantic winds and storms are powerful and unforgiving to any sailor, organizers said in a statement.

“However, it is a quest that is crying out to be attempted and which promises to shed new light on one of history's greatest mysteries,” reads the statement.

The first event of the year at the Royal Geographical Society will support the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition.

The Livingstone Lecture is at the Royal Geographical Society on Feb. 11 in London. It is just over 200 years since the death of David Livingstone — Africa's Greatest Explorer. The lecture will be presented by Colonel Paul Bayly FRGS and will cover Livingstone’s life: the man, the missionary and the myth.

As well as launching his new book on Livingstone, Bayly is generously donating the proceeds of the evening to the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition.