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Phoenician replica readies for Mediterranean crossing

A team of 20 rowers aim to cross the Mediterranean Sea, from Turkey to France, in a replica Phoenician-style “bireme” ship.

“It’s the most precise replica of the boats from that era possible. It was built from what was found during digs,” said the boats captain, archeologist Osman Erkurt.

The Kybele, whose trip has been delayed several times by visa issues and bad weather, is following the same route taken by Greek, Phoenician settlers around 600 B.C. to countries like Italy and France.

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