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Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history


Thor Heyerdahl built this 45 foot long copy of an ancient Egyptian papyrus vessel in 1969 with the aid of members of the Burundi tribe from Chad in Central Africa.

Constructed at the foot of the Pyramids and named after the sun god Ra, it was later transported to Safi in Morocco, from where it set sail for Barbados.

After around 3,000 miles there were problems with the construction of the stern, which could not take the strain.

Just a short distance from Barbados the ship had to be abandoned. See allso Ra II