Homer describes the Phaeacian ships as fast as a falcon and gives a vivid description of the ship's departure.
- "The ship bounded forward on her way as a four in hand chariot flies over the course when the horses feel the whip. Her prow curvetted as it were the neck of a stallion, and a great wave of dark blue water seethed in her wake. She held steadily on her course, and even a falcon, swiftest of all birds, could not have kept pace with her."
The island of Corfu, Greece, is the island where the Phaeacians originally lived. From wiki: The Greek name, [for Corfu] Kerkyra or Korkyra, is related to two powerful water deities: Poseidon, god of the sea, and Asopos, an important Greek mainland river. According to myth, Poseidon fell in love with the beautiful nymph Korkyra, daughter of Asopos and river nymph Metope, and abducted her. Poseidon brought Korkyra to the hitherto unnamed island and, in marital bliss, offered her name to the place: Korkyra, which gradually evolved to Kerkyra. They had a child they called Phaiax, after whom the inhabitants of the island were named Phaiakes, in Latin Phaeaciani. Corfu's nickname is the island of the Phaeacians.
"The Cyclopes are at one extreme of the social spectrum of the Odyssey. The almost godlike Phaeacians are at the other extreme, with the social and inventive Greeks somewhere in between. In the country of the Phaeacians it is perpetual spring. Their ships are the stuff of fairy tales, crossing the seas without the work of steersmen or oarsmen. Their life is made easy and graceful by their wealth, and the very gods sometimes dine with them. But they are slightly soft. (Their king tells Odysseus "We are not good boxers or wrestlers, but fast runners and unrivaled oarsmen. We love banquets, the lyre and the dance, frequent changes of clothing, warm baths, and the bed.") "
"Thucydides, in his Peloponnesian War, identifies Scheria as Corfu or, with its ancient name, Corcyra. In I.25.4, he records the Corinthians' resentment of the Corcyraeans, who "could not repress a pride in the high naval position of an island whose nautical renown dated from the days of its old inhabitants, the Phaeacians."
Below is a pic from "The 48 laws of Power", about Athens' preparation for the Peloponnesian war below. In a nutshell, Corcyra is super confident about their navy and basically suggests it is in Athens' best interest to have them on their side, due to their naval power. Almost like a threat.
One of these ships is supposedly petrified into stone as the island Kolovri Rock. A rock outside Corfu harbour, which is supposedly the ship that carried Odysseus back to Ithaca, but was turned to stone by Poseidon, to punish the Phaeacians for helping his enemy,
[…] with one blow from the flat of his hand turned her [the ship] into stone and rooted her to the sea bottom.
R: Here is what that rock (Kolovri Rock) looks like now.
To me it looks like a shredded rocket.
What were they hiding in the harbor?
Below is a reported 1700s painting of Corfu Harbor.
R: Notice the huge black cube to the right of the fort. That is covering what should be harbor/open sea. Could it be covering up a painting of one of these fabled 'ships'? Could this 'ship' look more like what we typically think of as a ufo or spaceship, than the classic seafaring ship?
Also zooming in on the starfort in this pic is like a close up of a futuristic city a la Bladerunner.
The outline of the fort still looks pretty machine-like. Look to the right of it, all open water.
The fort there is part of what was clearly a much larger starfort, that the town still stands upon. Supposedly built by Moors, the fort's peak, (a monstrosity which looks like the equivalent of a pile of mud dumped out of a child's pail), is striking, when you compare it to other parts of the entire structure, notably a lovely palace/temple of greco/romano (read: Tartarian) appearance. The graceful form and slope of the wave breakers are incredible to me, so beautiful.
Below are old paintings of the fort, which just scream mudflood.
Lastly, there was a joke that Germany supposedly made when Greece went bankrupt during the euro fiasco, that Germany would bail out Greece if they gave them Corfu. It's pretty and all, but what if there is some old tech on or in the island that they wanted to get their hands on? Just an interesting thought!
To me, seems like there are a couple things about this island that don't come across as the whole story. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this topic