Kickstarter: Help Restore the Olympias

This is an interesting project to restore the Olympias and get it shipshape (sorry, couldn’t resist) for the premiere to the sequel of “300”. Here’s a bit from the tease:

Triremes are truly amazing ships! 

This is a very exciting project: to finish the restoration of a real Trireme — the only one in the world and to film a documentary about the vessel and its journey!  But it’s also a big and expensive project, and it doesn’t help that Greece is in the midst of a major economic crisis that seems to get worse each day. 

Lack of funding meant we had to stop the restoration. And now as poor “Olympias” sits in her cradle in Athens –We wondered could this be the end of this story? […]

… check it out (and maybe help it out) at:

…. maybe this would be a nice year-end project for all the Classics Clubs out there (you know you’re going to the movie) … at least it might help us get over the lack of Olympias participation in the Olympics (Olympias at the Olympics Scuttled). For what it’s worth, the folks are asking for less than 10 percent of what was being asked for a couple of years ago to get the Olympias to the Tall Ships thing in New York (A Trireme in Hudson Bay ???) although there was an exhibition associated with that as well.

Olympias at the Olympics Scuttled

Ελληνικά: Η Τριήρης "Ολυμπιάς" Engli...
Ελληνικά: Η Τριήρης "Ολυμπιάς" English: Trireme Olympias of the Hellenic Navy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The incipit of a piece from the Financial Times (tip o’ the pileus to Adrian Murdoch for sending it our way):

It was supposed to be a glorious display of British pomp combined with a potent symbol of ancient Greek strength.

Under top secret plans, London Olympic organisers came up with the idea of carrying the Olympic flame aboard the replica of Olympias, an ancient Greek warship that showed its mettle at the Battle of Salamis against the Persian empire in 480BC.

The plan was for 170 of Putney’s finest rowers to ferry Olympias, a 70-ton wooden trireme, down the River Thames on July 27, the day of the opening ceremony.

The Olympias would start its journey from Tower Bridge, after receiving the flame from the Queen’s Jubilee barge, and meander down the river towards the packed Olympic stadium in Stratford.

From there, the world would watch the flame being carried into the stadium, then lit, to mark the start of the London Olympics.

But in a tale more fitting for the Olympic TV satire Twenty Twelve, the plan has been scuppered because organisers were worried the spectacle of Olympias along the Thames would prove too popular, causing a security risk that might even see people throw themselves off bridges.

And for good measure, the decision has sparked off a diplomatic row with the Greek government and enraged the Greek navy. […]

If you click through, they’ll require you to register … it’s free, though. Hopefully this story gets picked up in more detail by papers not behind registration … Whatever the case, I was kind of looking forward to seeing the Olympias row up the Thames with the flame; hopefully organizers will reconsider this — the spectacle’s the thing!