Monday, February 03, 2020

The Phoenicia is arriving in Florida

PHOENICIAN WATCH: Replica Phoenician Ship Makes Landfall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after Unprecedented 6,000-Mile Atlantic Voyage. Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00pm (Time is approximate due to sea and weather conditions) (Coral Ridge Yacht Club).
The journey across the Atlantic from Tenerife to the Dominican Republic took 39 days, a distance of some 3,700 miles. From the Dominican Republic to Florida, the journey of 1,000 miles will take 12 days. Once completed, the total voyage from Carthage, Tunisia to Florida will have covered over 6,000 miles, taking five months to complete.
The Good Ship Phoenicia launched this expedition from the port of Carthage on 28 September 2019. That sounds like a voyage of a little over four months to me. Am I missing something? In any case, that was good progress.

We now know that ancient Phoenician ships were capable of crossing the Atlantic and reaching the Americas. We pretty much knew that before, but now we've seen it done.

Whether the ancient Phoenicians actually undertook any such voyages is another matter. We have no good evidence that they did.

Past posts on this most recent expedition of the Phoenicia are here, here, and here. Follow the links from there for many posts on the ship's 2008-2010 voyage around Africa. For posts that evaluate the evidence presented for ancient Phoenician travel to the Americas, see the links at the first link in this paragraph.

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