What is the Phoenicia Museum?
The Phoenicia Museum is home to the 600 BC Replica Ship: Phoenicia.
In 2009 and again in 2019 Philip Beale set out on an expedition. As a sailor, author, and fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Philip Beale had a dream. He wanted to prove that the ancient Phoenicians could have crossed the Atlantic 2,000 years before Christopher Columbus. Using shipwrecks of the same period, he replicated the voyager believed to carry these Phoenicians.
Philip Beale has been the captain and expedition leader of the Phoenicians before Columbus Expedition.This same replica of the 600 BC Phoenicia Ship has sailed over 30,000 nautical miles since its construction. The vessel is now in Montrose Iowa in the Phoenicia Museum. This city is meant to have been the great city of Zarahemla from the Book of Mormon, over 600 years ago. These voyages are an ideal test of the veracity of the Book of Mormon account.
Captain Philip Beale shows that the materials and technology of 600 BC allowed construction of ocean-going vessels. Also that they could cross the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore, providing evidence of two groups’ accounts of their separate crossing of that time period, Lehi and his family, and the Mulekites.
Want to participate, donate, or simply learn more? Checkout the Phoenicia Museum’s website here.
“Phoenicia and its beginning, sailed here to North America. She fascinated me, a replica 600 BC ship.The timeline of The Book of Mormon and the stories of my people coming to this sacred land of
America. I believe “Phoenicia” is a special ship, she has a Spirit of discovery and a mission.”
Betty Red Ant LaFontaine
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