An unusual craft sailed off the Peruvian port of Callao. A raft measuring about 100 square meters, built of lightweight balsa wood according to ancient Peruvian designs, housed a crew of 6 with everything necessary for a long journey. The crew was headed by Tour Heyerdahl from Norway, and a really long voyage lay ahead for the raft named Kon-Tiki. Mr. Heyerdahl, intended to prove by his own example that even in ancient times people could reach Polynesia from America. To the Peruvian Maritime Minister this endeavor was appeared so reckless that he required a statement be signed relieving the authorities of the country of any responsibility for the fate of the seafarers. But their fate was lucky enough. Having sailed about eight thousand kilometers in 101 days, Thor Heyerdahl and his companions had reached the Tuamotu Islands, proving their hypothesis was correct. And Heyerdahl was keen to travel and present such evidence – after all, Vikings’ blood flowed in his veins. He would build even more of unusual craft and take them on exotic routes. And Kon-Tiki now stands in a purpose-built museum in Oslo.
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