Philip Beale, author
"The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it" wrote Oscar Wilde. In 2019, ex Royal Navy Officer, Philip Beale, took Wilde at his word and put his maxim into practice. In his ship, Phoenicia, a reconstruction of a 6th century B.C. wooden sailing ship, he sailed with his crew from Carthage (modern-day Tunis) across the Atlantic towards Florida. Their mission? To show that in all likelihood it was actually the Phoenicians, an ancient Mediterranean civilisation renowned for their maritime skills, who were the first to discover America, 2000 years before Columbus. This is their story.