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Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - in finnish

From the Log book: 12.7 1947:

One big flying-fish on deck.

10.00 Erik tries to catch dolphins with bare hands offering them flying-fish with hand. They come so close that he grabs tail, but they are too strong and slippery. Torstein fishes medium dolphin with bamboo rod and line and pulls fish up on deck. Somehow fish jumps off raft again with rod and line and disappears. Torstein and Erik put dingy on sea and paddle astern to fetch rod which ones in a while dive into sea then comes up as dolphin jumps into sir. About 150 yards astern they pick up rod and pull in fish which is stone dead when taken into dingy. Then they start paddling after us both using paddle, as line dingy was left onboard Kon-Tiki. We stood by on raft on turn side to or take sails down as we noticed they had hard time pickup with us. They were quite tired when they reached us, and stated that with harder wind or great distance Kon-Tiki would run away from rubber dingy without any possibility for catching up by means of oars or paddles only, our speed about average.

Rain showers during night. Raft let go at will, nose according to wind around rain-clouds-pointing from NNW to WNW.

Irrespective of night watch and weather Herman is up at 12 GMT every night measuring. 12 GMT is at present 3.45 AM local Kon-Tiki time.

03.45 Wind Sea-and air-temperature, humidity, wave height and formatting and cloud conditions. In this connection we have just received two telegrams from Mr. Rucheldorfer. Chief of US Weather Bureau, who is very satisfied with weather report and says that “if possible will appreciate receive radio weather reports until expedition completed stop few weather-reports received over Kon-Tiki route and data you furnish much value to US and other weather services---“

The balsa raft Kon-Tiki was build in Callao, Peru. Read more about the Kon-Tiki expedition and its background.