THE PHOENIX LEAVES DUBLIN PORT [DUE TO VISIT DROGHEDA LATER IN THE WEEK]-129430
The Phoenix is now on its way to Drogheda for the Irish Maritime Festival. The 112 foot long twin masted Brigantine which carries 4,000 square feet of sail, will be instantly recognisable to film goers due to the role it played in the Ridley Scott film “1492: Conquest of Paradise”. In the movie “The Phoenix” was converted into a 15th century caravel to accurately replicate Columbus’s flagship “The Sancta Maria” and the conditions its sailors experienced on their historic voyage of discovery.
The ship has an extremely interesting maritime history having been built in Denmark in 1929 to serve as a Danish Evangelical Mission Schooner. She was involved in this mission work travelling from port to port carrying evangelical missionaries for 20 years before being retired in 1949.