PHOENICIAN SHIP OPEN HOUSE
We estimate that as many as 350 people came to the Phoenician Ship Open House.
Most of the visitors came from the nearby communities of Fort Madison and Montrose. Others came from Nauvoo. Dozens came from Florida, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Missouri and California.
The visitors had a chance to see for themselves the assembly of six sections of the ancient ship when the crane hoisted thousands of pounds of planks and timbers into their proper places that are according to the pattern that is 2,600 years old.
All marveled at the design and assembly of the world’s oldest ship replica that sailed 30,000 nautical miles around Africa and across the Atlantic.
The ship is rewriting the history of ancient America. We are so pleased with the public acceptance of our efforts to bring the story of Philip Beale’s adventures to the attention of million Americans.
We rejoice in the knowledge of ancient people who in 600 BC came from the lands of the Bible to the Heartland of America.
Enjoy these few photos from the two-day open house.