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Birth of Thor Heyerdahl

Posted in Anniversary, Exploration on Saturday, 25 September 2010

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Thor Heyerdahl’s famous vessel, the Kon-Tiki

6 October marks the anniversary of the birth of Thor Heyerdahl in 1914. Born in Larvik, the Norwegian explorer became famous as an adventurer when he sailed 4,300 miles on a raft, the Kon-Tiki, from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The 101-day voyage was not his last: he later used boats made of papyrus and reeds to sail the Atlantic (Ra II) and another reed boat (Tigris) in which he sailed around the waters of the Middle East before burning the boat as a protest against wars that were being fought in the region.

picture, portrait, Thor Heyerdahl

A portrait of Thor Heyerdahl

Heyerdahl died in 2002, aged 87.

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