On the news this morning, there was a segment about a new Antarctic survey ship that is being built at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. They mentioned that they wanted the public to suggest a name so I suggested the name Piri Reis.
This was in reference to the Piri Reis Map (below) copied by the Ottoman Admiral Piri Reis in 1513.
What is remarkable about the map is that it shows an accurate representation of the Antarctic coastline, currently invisible beneath the ice sheet and only visible via remote sensing techniques. It is also remarkable because the copied map was produced before Antarctica was even discovered.
Of course this presents a problem for modern science and has let to speculation that there was a civilisation that predates our own that developed in the Fertile Crescent. It has caused some to suggest that the map may even have been produced by Extra Terrestrials. (see article HERE that covers both explanations)
Nevertheless, I still think Peri Reis would be a good name. I emailed them with the following (with a couple of typos corrected in the version below):
“I have a great name for your survey ship. I would call it the Piri Reis[.]
This would mean that the ship would be named after the famous ice free map of Antarctica[. T]he map dates from before the discovery of Antarctica and therefore creates a bit of mystery. The idea of an ice free Antarctica also raises the topical issue of the changing climate. It is inclusive in that it uses the name of a Turkish admiral. The map also demonstrates cartographic excellence, something on which good exploration relies[…]. In short it captures the imagination and potentially opens minds to new possibilities.”