Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition

by Phoenicians Before Columbus in Wimborne, England, United Kingdom

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On 31st January 2019 we successfully raised £3,240 with 19 supporters in 85 days

A transatlantic expedition aiming to prove that the Phoenicians could have reached the Americas 2000 years before Christopher Columbus.

by Phoenicians Before Columbus in Wimborne, England, United Kingdom

The Phoenicia, a replica Phoenician ship built in 2008, will set sail from Carthage (Tunisia) in August/September 2019, endeavouring to reach the shores of the Americas in December 2019.  The exact end point and date cannot be foreseen due to the vagaries of the Atlantic winds.

Expedition objectives:

  • To prove that the Phoenicians were capable of crossing the Atlantic to the Americas
  • To inspire interest in Phoenician culture and archaeology
  • To provide participation opportunities for young people from Mediterranean countries with a Phoenician heritage
  • To conduct research on plastic pollution levels in the Mediterranean and Atlantic
  • To compare computer model predictions with the actual route

"It is one of the greatest voyages of mankind and if anyone could have done it before Columbus, it was the Phoenicians.  Of all the ancient civilizations, they were the greatest seafarers - Lebanon had cedar trees perfect for building strong boats, they were the first to use iron nails and they had knowledge of astrology and currents."

Philip Beale, Expedition Leader


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

5 of 25 claimed


A signed copy of 'Sailing Close to the Wind' by Philip Beale and Sarah Taylor for the first 25 individual donations of £35GBP or more. The book is a personal account of Philip's epic voyage to recreate the first Phoenician circumnavigation of Africa in 600BC. The 2008 adventure tested the Phoenicia, the crew and set the impetus for the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition. Copies will be signed by Philip Beale.

£200 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Phoenicia Sailing into Valetta, by Colin Moore

Beautiful limited edition prints up for grabs for the first 10 donations of £200.00 or more. Colin Moore is a Dorset-based painter-printmaker with experience of life on board Phoenicia. The unframed gallery value of this print is £260.00. We are grateful to Colin for his continued support and contributions. To see more of Colin's creations, visit Please claim at the time of donating. Prints will be posted unframed.

£500 or more

Dinner and tour on board Phoenicia

For donations of £500 or more, the option of a dinner and tour on board Phoenicia with the Captain & Crew will be offered. The date (tentative) will be Saturday 15th June 2019. Date, crew participants and exact UK south coast location will be subject to terms and conditions, including expedition timetable and Phoenicia’s preparations for sail. Please claim when donating.

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