By Thor Heyerdahl
Now a huge movie, Kon-Tiki is the list of Thor Heyerdahl’s remarkable three-month voyage around the Pacific.
Kon-Tiki is the checklist of an marvelous adventure—a trip of 4,300 nautical miles around the Pacific Ocean via raft. Intrigued by means of Polynesian folklore, biologist Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands were settled by way of an historic race from hundreds of thousands of miles to the east, led via a legendary hero, Kon-Tiki. He made up our minds to turn out his thought 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 brilliant saga of guys opposed to the sea.
This version encompasses a foreword by means of the writer and a distinct visible essay of the voyage.
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Yet then we observed either heads instantaneously; that they had swum to fulfill one another and either have been striking directly to the existence belt. Knut waved his arm, and, because the rubber raft had in the meantime been hauled on board, all 4 folks took carry of the road of the existence belt and hauled for expensive lifestyles, with our eyes mounted at the nice darkish item which used to be obvious simply at the back of the 2 males. This similar mysterious beast within the water was once pushing an immense greenish-black triangle up above the wave crests; it nearly gave Knut a surprise whilst he was once on his excess of to Herman. simply Herman knew then that the triangle didn't belong to a shark or the other sea monster. It used to be an inflated nook of Torstein’s watertight sound asleep bag. however the snoozing bag didn't stay floating for lengthy when we had hauled the 2 males secure and sound on board. no matter what dragged the drowsing bag down into the depths had simply overlooked a greater prey. “Glad I wasn’t in it,” stated Torstein and took carry of the steerage oar the place he had enable it cross. yet another way there have been no longer many wisecracks that night. all of us felt a relax working via nerve and bone for a very long time later on. however the chilly shivers have been mingled with a hot thankfulness that there have been nonetheless six folks on board. We had loads of great issues to assert to Knut that day—Herman and the remainder of us, too. yet there has been no longer a lot time to contemplate what had already occurred, for because the sky grew black over our heads the gusts of wind elevated in energy, and sooner than evening a brand new typhoon was once upon us. We eventually received the lifestyles belt to hold astern of the raft on an extended line, in order that we had whatever in the back of the guidance oar towards which to swim if certainly one of us may still fall overboard back in a squall. Then it grew pitch darkish round us as evening fell and concealed the raft and the ocean. Bouncing wildly up and down within the darkness, we simply heard and felt the gale howling in masts and man ropes, whereas the gusts pressed with smashing strength opposed to the springy bamboo cabin until we proposal it should fly overboard. however it used to be coated with canvas and good guyed. And we felt the Kon-Tiki tossing with the foaming seas, whereas the logs moved up and down with the move of the waves just like the keys of an tool. We have been astonished that cascades of water didn't gush up in the course of the broad chinks within the ground, yet they just acted as a standard bellows in which damp air rushed up and down. for 5 entire days the elements diversified among complete typhoon and lightweight gale; the ocean was once dug up into broad valleys jam-packed with the smoke from foaming gray-blue seas, which looked as if it would have their backs pressed out lengthy and flat less than the onset of the wind. Then at the 5th day the heavens break up to teach a glimpse of blue, and the malignant, black cloud conceal gave position to the ever successful blue sky because the typhoon handed on. We had come during the gale with the steerage oar smashed and the sail lease; the centerboards hung unfastened and banged approximately like crowbars one of the logs, simply because all of the ropes which had tightened them up below water have been worn via.