A seaworthy “Phoenician Boat Project” was decided to shed light on Canaanite communities and economic development through agriculture, maritime trading and exchange of traditional artisanal vocations between Mediterranean coastal communities.
With the help of a local artisanal boat maker in Tyre, the project includes the building of a 30 meter long “Phoenician” boat to be one of Lebanon’s goodwill envoys that promotes identity, history, and values, and underscores Phoenician heritage.
It started as a personal quest to reinforce cultural identity, appreciate crafts passed‐down by ancestors and revitalize cultural ties with Carthage and other Phoenician cities. After facing administrative and technical hurdles, ACE rethought the project and it was decided to halt construction pending the creation of a funding mechanism for ship construction, and scientific elements. The project is being redesigned.