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By Thor Heyerdahl

Now a big movie, Kon-Tiki is the list of Thor Heyerdahl’s staggering three-month voyage around the Pacific.

Kon-Tiki is the list of an awesome adventure—a trip of 4,300 nautical miles around the Pacific Ocean by way of raft. Intrigued by way of Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands were settled via an historic race from millions of miles to the east, led by means of a legendary hero, Kon-Tiki. He determined to end up his idea 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 exceptional saga of guys opposed to the sea.

This version incorporates a foreword via the writer and a special visible essay of the voyage.

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I'm prepare dinner this present day and located seven flying fish on deck, one squid at the cabin roof, and one unknown fish in Torstein’s napping bag. . . . right here the pencil stopped, and an analogous suggestion interjected itself: this is often quite a queer 17th of May—indeed, taken all around, a such a lot odd lifestyles. How did all of it start? If I became left, I had an unimpeded view of an enormous blue sea with hissing waves, rolling via shut handy in an unending pursuit of an ever chickening out horizon. If I became correct, I observed the interior of a shadowy cabin during which a bearded person used to be mendacity on his again studying Goethe along with his naked ft conscientiously dug into the latticework within the low bamboo roof of the loopy little cabin that used to be our universal domestic. “Bengt,” I acknowledged, pushing away the golf green parrot that desired to perch at the logbook, “can you inform me how the hell we got here to be doing this? ” Goethe sank down below the red-gold beard. “The satan I do; you recognize top your self. It used to be your damned proposal, yet i feel it’s grand. ” He moved his ft 3 bars up and went on analyzing Goethe unperturbed. outdoors the cabin 3 different fellows have been operating within the roasting sunlight at the bamboo deck. They have been half-naked, brown-skinned, and bearded, with stripes of salt down their backs and searching as though that they had by no means performed the rest than go with the flow wood rafts westward around the Pacific. Erik got here crawling in in the course of the commencing together with his sextant and a pile of papers. “98° forty six’ west through eight° 2’ south—a solid day’s run given that the previous day, chaps! ” He took my pencil and drew a tiny circle on a chart which held on the bamboo wall—a tiny circle on the finish of a sequence of 19 circles that curved throughout from the port of Callao at the coast of Peru. Herman, Knut, and Torstein too got here eagerly crowding in to determine the hot little circle that put us an excellent forty sea miles closer the South Sea islands than the final within the chain. “Do you spot, boys? ” acknowledged Herman proudly. “That skill we’re 850 sea miles from the coast of Peru. ” “And we’ve acquired one other 3,500 to visit get to the closest islands,” Knut further carefully. “And to be particularly precise,” acknowledged Torstein, “we’re 15,000 toes above the ground of the ocean and some fathoms lower than the moon. ” So now all of us knew precisely the place we have been, and that i may well move on speculating as to why. The parrot didn't care; he in simple terms desired to tug on the log. And the ocean used to be simply as around, simply as sky-encircled, blue upon blue. maybe the whole lot had began the iciness earlier than, within the workplace of a brand new York museum. or even it had already began ten years prior, on a bit island within the Marquesas team in the course of the Pacific. might be we'd land at the similar island now, except the northeast wind despatched us farther south towards Tahiti and the Tuamotu crew. i'll see the little island essentially in my mind’s eye, with its jagged rust-red mountains, the golf green jungle which flowed down their slopes towards the ocean, and the narrow hands that waited and waved alongside the shore. The island used to be referred to as Fatu Hiva; there has been no land among it and us the place we lay drifting, yet nonetheless it was once hundreds of thousands of sea miles away.

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