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Currently reading an old book by a guy called Tim Severin wherein he recreates/ proves that the voyage of Ulysses was possible (it's a fascinating book, very readable..full of groovy factoids, archaeology etc... available for a few quid on ebay etc..).

Any how, went looking on youtwat to see if there was a TV series of said voyage. Sadly there wasn't, but there was an earlier docu (1985) consisting of an voyage he did in the same vessel ARGO (obvs!) recreating the Jason/ Golden Fleece voyage...anyhow, to get to the point...the progs are here if you fancy a butchers....It's called Voyage of Heroes...

What I hadn't realised about the Argonauts story was that the fleece was actually recovered (stolen) from modern day Georgia, I always imagined it was in the Med somewhere.

No great insights into Bronze Age sea faring... (Gotta say, it's a great looking boat 10 sets of oars, massive sail, no keel). He did the tried and tested coastal hug for the most part, but the fact that he and his brave crew of amateurs made it makes him/them a hero's in my eyes, and showed what a slog it would/could have been using these sea lanes. He also went on to recreate the voyage of Sinbad and a few others too. He first 'historical' voyage was the Brendan Voyage, crossing the Atlantic in a boat made of wood and leather (feckin' legend!).

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Posted by Monganaut
22nd July 2019ce

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