YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The Armenian "Cilicia" sailing ship–named and modeled after the 13th century vessels used in and around the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia–dropped its anchor in the Mediterranean Sea–and will sail the Atlantic ocean in two days. Diaspora Armenia’s and deputy speaker of Britain’s House of Lords Caroline Cox will be present as it passes the Strait of Gibraltar.
The vessel has been in 9 seas and 10 islands carrying the flags of Armenia and Mountainous Karabagh Republic. Cilicia’s Seven Seas Navigation expedition began in June 2004–as it sailed through the Marmara–Aegean–Mediterranean–and Adriatic seas to arrive in Venice in September of 2004–where it stayed for the winter.
The crew returned to Venice to start the second leg of the expedition–taking the ship from the historic Italian city to circle Europe and arrive in Amsterdam by September 2005.