St Katharine Docks is delighted to announce that a replica Phoenician vessel from 600BC will be spending this summer moored at the West Marina with its exhibition, The Phoenicians: The Greatest Ancient Sailors. From June 2nd, Phoenicia will be transformed into a floating museum featuring ancient artifacts from the Phoenician era.
Prestbury’s Ben Walford said: “St Katharine Docks is thrilled to be welcoming Phoenicia to hold its summer exhibition here following a voyage from the Mediterranean to London. The vessel has been stunningly recreated using traditional material and methods, which will complement the beautiful environment of our historic Docks.”
Skippered by British adventurer, Philip Beale, Phoenicia was built in 2008 to replicate an ancient Phoenician trading vessel that successfully achieved the first circumnavigation of Africa in 600BC. The reconstructed ship completed the same 20,000 mile voyage in 2010 and its exhibition will include information and exhibits from the 2008-2010 expedition and objects of historical interest from the ancient Mediterranean civilization.
“We are very excited to bring the ship to the UK this year and to have the prestigious St Katharine Docks as our base,” commented expedition leader, Philip Beale. “Visitors to the Docks will have the opportunity to climb on-board for a tour of the vessel and learn more about Phoenician culture as well as the recent expedition that triumphed over Somalian pirates, treacherous storms and mechanical problems to recreate one of mankind’s greatest journeys.”
The Phoenicians: The Greatest Ancient Sailors exhibition will be open daily from June 2nd 2012 from 10am to 6pm and will cost just £5 per adult, £3 per child and £12 for a family ticket. Special rates are available for schools and educational organisations. Please visit http://www.phoenicia.org.uk/discovering-visit-Phoenicia.htm to purchase tickets or for more information.
The first 50 guests to visit the Phoenicia on Saturday June 2nd 2012 will be offered a free guided tour* of this unique historic vessel. The complimentary tour will be led by Exhibition Leader and Captain of Phoenicia, Philip Beale, who has recently completed a 20,000 mile voyage to circumnavigate Africa.
*Due to limited numbers aboard at any time, tour time slots may need to be allocated.
For more information on this exhibition or any other events at St Katharine Docks, go to www.skdocks.co.uk. Alternatively, keep up to date with the latest news on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/stkats.
Date: March 2012
Notes for Editor
About St Katharine Docks
St Katharine Docks was acquired for £156 million by Max Property Group Plc in July 2011 and will be managed by Max’s external managers Prestbury Investments.
The living, breathing community of St Katharine Docks caters to all business sectors, from smaller businesses, to larger international firms looking for a new central London office - a beautiful place to work, visit and live in.
Max Property Group is making significant investments into both the commercial premises on the Dock as well as its three marinas. The much-loved Dock is already a beautiful and luxurious location steeped in history and will be subtly enhanced to create a high-profile destination that London can be proud of.
Further improvements to the Dock will include major upgrade works of the East, West and Central marinas to bring them to a high quality, international standard and make them even more appealing to high profile events and visiting vessels. This will include more efficient pontoons, better amenities for superyachts and upgrading shoreside facilities for visiting boat owners and office occupiers alike.
Phoenicia, The Phoenician Ship Expedition, recreated the first circumnavigation of Africa, believed to have been achieved by Phoenician mariners in 600BC, in 2008-2010. The voyage was 20,000 miles in total and was led by expedition leader, former British Royal Naval Officer and adventurer, Philip Beale.
The 20m vessel is a replica Phoenician ship which was built using traditional Phoenician construction methods and materials. It was designed in collaboration with leading marine archaeologists and was built in 2008 in Arwad Island, an ancient Phoenician city state just off the Syrian coast, by Syrian shipwright Khalid Hammoud and colleagues.
The voyage from the Mediterranean, where the ship is currently berthed for the winter, to the UK will celebrate the ancient tin trade between the Cornish and the Phoenicians. Phoenicia is only one Phoenician replica ship in existence and this will be its first visit to the UK and will shed light upon the extraordinary accomplishments of these ancient mariners.
The Phoenicia ship Expedition was approved by the Royal Geographical Society and full details of the expedition’s sponsors can be viewed online: http://www.phoenicia.org.uk/supporting-our-sponsors.htm.
Link to Press Photos: http://www.phoenicia.org.uk/pressphotos.htm