Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft

By Thor Heyerdahl

Now an enormous movie, Kon-Tiki is the list of Thor Heyerdahl’s mind-blowing three-month voyage around the Pacific.

Kon-Tiki is the list of an marvelous adventure—a trip of 4,300 nautical miles around the Pacific Ocean by way of raft. Intrigued through Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands have been settled through an historical race from millions of miles to the east, led by way of a legendary hero, Kon-Tiki. He determined to turn out his concept by way of duplicating the mythical voyage.

On April 28, 1947, Heyerdahl and 5 different adventurers sailed from Peru on a balsa log raft. After 3 months at the open sea, encountering raging storms, whales, and sharks, they sighted land—the Polynesian island of Puka Puka.

Translated into sixty-five languages, Kon-Tiki is a vintage, inspiring story of bold and courage—a tremendous saga of guys opposed to the sea.

This variation contains a foreword through the writer and a different visible essay of the voyage.

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Yet, if issues went as we calculated, we should always swing west around the sea with the most present sooner than we bought as a ways north because the Galapagos. The wind used to be nonetheless blowing instantly from southeast. We hoisted the sail, grew to become the raft stern to sea, and endured our guidance watches. Knut had now recovered from the torments of seasickness, and he and Torstein clambered as much as the swaying masthead, the place they experimented with mysterious radio aerials which they despatched up either via balloon and via kite. abruptly one in all them shouted from the radio nook of the cabin that he might listen the naval station at Lima calling us. They have been telling us that the yank ambassador’s aircraft used to be on its means out from the coast to bid us a final good-by and spot what we seemed like at sea. quickly when we bought direct touch with the operator within the airplane after which a totally unforeseen chat with the secretary to the excursion, Gerd Vold, who used to be on board. We gave our place as precisely as lets and despatched direction-finding signs for hours. The voice within the ether grew superior and weaker as ARMY-119 turned around around close to and much and searched. yet we didn't listen the drone of the engines and not observed the aircraft. It was once difficult to discover the low raft down within the trough of the seas, and our personal view used to be strictly restricted. finally the aircraft needed to provide it up and again to the coast. It was once the final time someone attempted to look for us. the ocean ran excessive within the days that undefined, however the waves got here hissing alongside from the southeast with even areas among them and the guidance went extra simply. We took the ocean and wind at the port sector, in order that the steersman obtained fewer seas over him and the raft went extra gradually and didn't swing around. We famous anxiously that the southeast alternate wind and the Humboldt present have been, every day, sending us directly throughout on a direction resulting in the countercurrents around the Galapagos Islands. And we have been going due northwest so fast that our day-by-day common in these days was once fifty five to 60 sea miles, with a checklist of seventy one sea miles in a single day. “Are the Galapagos a pleasant position to visit? ” Knut requested carefully sooner or later, our chart the place a string of pearls indicating our positions was once marked and resembled a finger pointing balefully towards the accursed Galapagos Islands. “Hardly,” I acknowledged. “The Inca Tupak Yupanqui is expounded to have sailed from Ecuador to the Galapagos prior to the time of Columbus, yet neither he nor the other local settled there simply because there has been no water. ” “O. ok. ,” acknowledged Knut. “Then we damned good won’t pass there. i'm hoping we don’t in any case. ” We have been now so conversant in having the ocean dancing around us that we took no account of it. What did it subject if we danced around a section with one thousand fathoms of water less than us, as long as we and the raft have been continuously on best? It used to be in simple terms that the following the subsequent query arose—how lengthy may perhaps we anticipate conserving on most sensible? It used to be effortless to work out that the balsa logs absorbed water. The aft crossbeam used to be worse than the others; on it shall we press our entire finger tip into the soaked wooden until eventually the water squelched.

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