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The complexity of a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is soon recognized by anyone who attempts to complete it. The puzzle pieces often weigh less than a pound and fit on the top of a kitchen table.

Imagine a puzzle that weighs 40 tons and measures 60 feet by 60 feet by 20 feet. The puzzle has thousands of cut pieces that have 7,500 joints framing the whole structure. Each piece must fit within a tolerance of 1/16th of an inch. The pieces must be assembled according to an ancient design that dates back 2,600 years. The lines are non-linear. The balance of form for the curved lines are such that they cut through the water like ducks paddling on a lake. By all standards of form and function, the ship’s design and engineering are remarkable for any time and in any place.

Big puzzle require big minds. For the last 66 years Michael Stalhman was in training so that he would have the skills and experiece to put together the pieces of the world’s only Phoenician ship replica. This is the ship that Captain Philip Beale sailed more than 30,000 nautical miles around Aftrica and across the Atlantic. We are amazed how God accomplishes His marvelous work.

Take a look at this video to see Rick Bennett’s interview with Michael Stalhman on Gospel Tangents Podcast. Click HERE.

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Yuri and Vera on the PHOENICIA.

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Restoration of the Phoenician Ship in Montrose, Iowa

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