the six men
Just Drifting Along For Science ' Six M Bn on a :Raft To Dore Pacific h-Yor Birth o Civilization In Is 'New World' Really 'The Old?' This is the first of two articles about six young Scandinavian scientists who plan to shove off soon and drift across the Pacific in a raft'45 by IS feet, using ffte Humboldt and south equatorial : currents. They hope to go from Ho on the coast of Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago, 4000 riiZes in an effort to prove , a theory that Polynesia was settled some 1500 years ago by pre-Incan peoples of South America, fair-haired and blue-eyed. The following story by the expedition leader discusses legends and facts which have , given rise to the theory. By THOR HEYERDAHL Written for The Pittsburgh ress and North American Newspaper Alliance. ILO, Peru, May 8 This land we plan to explore has been tne home of an untold variety of peoples and cultures. ' The original immigrants were primitive fishermen and hunters, descendants of nomadic Asiatic tribes. . They reached America by way of the f"1" " """ '"" ..." T "" "' ' ' I llll IIIMIMMMMIllt - ; Art. x - f THE MEN WHO WILL SAIL on a raft from Peru and head westward into the vast Pacific include, left to right, Lt. Knut Haugland, Norwegian Army Signal Corps; Lt. Torstein Raaby, Norwegian Army; Herman Watzinger, thermo-dynamic specialist; Thor and ethnologist; Bengt Danielsson Erik Hesselberg, navigator and art Heyerdahl, archaeologist . Swedish sociologist, and ist.