The modern version of the Argo, which ancient Greek myth says carried Jason and the Argonauts on their quest to Colchis for the Golden Fleece, is set to launch Saturday from the city of Volos, Greece, on its voyage through the waters of six countries, the Athens News Agency reported Friday.
The ship is scheduled to complete its voyage Aug. 12 in Venice, Italy.
The new Argo follows the design specifications of ancient Greek penteconters, including a simple wooden sail and space for 25 rowers on each side. The rowers will be able to eat, bathe and receive medical attention on the ship Hellenic Seaways, which is accompanying the vessel on its journey.
Volos Mayor Alekos Voulgaris, Deputy Interior Minister Athanassios Nakos and the head of the Argo research program, Vice Adm. Apostolos Kourtis, are scheduled to speak Saturday at the ship's launching ceremony.