The Kon-Tiki route, and Thor (on the right)

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The Kon-Tiki route, and Thor (on the right) - SECTION A BALTIMORE, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY...
SECTION A BALTIMORE, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 9, 1947 SECTION Equatorial Counter Current f Equator South equatorial current COOK ISLANDS MARQUESAS J" ISLANOS PcA c i r i c ----- '.C . ' - Tropic of Capricorn 1 . K s statu re 4icts &str I. Bold arrows Indicate .the 4,000-mile route from Peru to Tahiti over which six Norwegians propose to drift on a balsa raft. On Kon-tiki's Trail By Raft VNE of the strangest expeditions in the annals of the sea will begin early in March, when six daring Norwegians will set out on a balsa-wood raft to drift 4,000 miles with ocean current s from the west coast of South America to Tahiti. . They expect to live at least four months on the raft as the trade winds from the east nd two currents, Humboldt and South. Equatorial, bear them slowly toward the tiny island. The raft is to be small, 30 feet long by 15 feet wide, and without shelter except for a canvas awning to shield the voyagers from the sun. By FRANK HENRY" ethnology and archeology, believes the evidence will strongly support his theory, which is opposed by most scientists. , That is why he wishes to go through all the hazards he believes must have been encoun-: tered by those theoretical migrants. Experts are certain that he will have his wish. With the six men and their equipment and provisions aboard, the raft will stand about 3 feet out of the water, and its draft will be about 1 foot. It is expected Wat the raft will be awash in all weather except dead calm. IlsSlghtness will cause it to act like to follow the example of downed wartime pilots eat raw fish for the fresh water in their meat. Despite the nearness of the raft deck' to the water Mr. Heyerdahl anticipates little trouble from the creatures of the deep, except possibly in the first stages of the voyage. During the first few nights out from the little port of JIo on the southern coast of Peru from which they are to depart he expects the raft to proceed through" schools of giant squid, which come to the surface at night to feed. Huge octopuslike creatures, they have ten A i 7 t i ... ' - - i I f . ) oer L . , . : . . - t " j GALAPAGOS JT bl' . s .3 ISLANDS JZ. CT f V.""" , - ' , v V w 1 .... A.N, . . - - ' v . "V . . ""y Z . BlKnl Corp photo Herman Watzmger (left), who will build the raft, and Thor Heyerdahl, expedition leader, look over a map. of the Pacific Aware of the dangers before them, these former members of the Norwegian underground feel sure they will come through alive. .4

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  1. The Baltimore Sun,
  2. 09 Feb 1947, Sun,
  3. Page 57

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