Here is a copy of an email that we sent today concerning the design of the Phoenician Ship Museum.
Erij B.Sassi Trimech
President and Founder chez Association Didon de Carthage قرطاج تونس
Symbols were important to the ancient people of your native land,
especially to Dido, the first Queen of Carthage. We recognize you as an authority
in this field. You are certainly much more knowledgeable about the history of your
people than we will ever be. We particularly like this quote about the history of
your people and Queen Dido who were so closely tied to the PHEONICIA ship replica
in Montrose, Iowa.
“My people shall, by my command, explore
The ports and creeks of ev’ry winding shore…”
– Queen Dido in John Dryden’s translation of The Aeneid, Bk. I
In the coming days, Clark Schaffer is preparing three illustrations
as concepts for the Phoenician Ship Museum. It would be helpful if you could give
him some ancient symbols that he might find useful.
In honor of a great Phoenician city, we believe that the Mississippi
River was named Sidon by ancient Americans. Perhaps there is a Phoenician symbol
that connects to Sidon?
We also have one of the largest collections of Cedars of Lebanon in
North America. We have several hundred logs weighing about 50,000 kilograms. The
PHOENICIA decks will be built from parts of these logs. There will still be many
logs that we could use for the construction of the museum. Is there any way we
could make use of this valuable wood in the design of the museum? Please offer
Clark Schaffer is a leading Hollywood set designer and has been
copied on this email.