New proof for Kon-Tiki idea – archive, 18 May 1953 | Travel

Princess Margaret’s go to to Oslo as a visitor on the marriage ceremony of Princess Ragnhild and Mr Erling Lorentzen, a transport director, has been a convincing success. The Princess has attracted way more consideration than every other of the various royal friends, and newspapers throughout Scandinavia have been filled with reward for her qualities as an envoy of goodwill. Her actions have been front-page news within the Scandinavian press even after the marriage.

The Princess has visibly loved her keep and has been capable of give a private contact to her go to. One of the highlights of her programme was a go to yesterday to the Kon-Tiki Museum, the place the explorer, Thor Heyerdahl, not solely demonstrated the well-known raft and gear but additionally gave the Princess new first-hand data of his findings throughout a just lately accomplished second tour in Pacific waters.

Mr Heyerdahl now claims that he has found the final hyperlinks within the chain of proofs of the idea that inhabitants of the Polynesian Islands initially got here from South America. One of the details in criticism of the idea has been that no indicators had been found of South American settlement on the Galapagos Islands, which needs to be far simpler to succeed in with rafts than the Polynesian Islands that are a lot farther away.

The expedition of Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl travelling throughout the Pacific on the balsa raft Kon Tiki circa 1947. Photograph: Hulton Getty

During his newest expedition Mr Heyerdahl went to the Galapagos in company with American and Norwegian archaeologists and found traces of 4 South American settlements. A large number of pots and instruments, a few of which have been from the Inca interval, have been introduced home.

That South Americans by no means settled completely on the Galapagos is, in response to Mr Heyerdahl, defined by a brand new and necessary discovery that balsa wooden rafts of the Kon-Tiki kind have been manoeuvrable so return journey was doable. When he set out on his first expedition Mr Heyerdahl believed that the raft was compelled to comply with the winds and currents, however he has now been capable of show personally that rafts can cruise virtually like an bizarre sailing-boat.

The Kon-Tiki raft was constructed in accordance with previous designs and geared up with one pair of centreboards ahead, one pair aft, and one pair amidships, however the centreboards weren’t – as Mr Heyerdahl first believed – meant solely to regular the raft. By elevating or reducing the entrance or rear centre-boards and adjusting the sail, route might be modified with out utilizing oars or rudder. This technique was utilized by Indians till fifty years in the past however has since been forgotten and Mr Heyerdahl obtained to learn about it by probability. This time he sailed out on a brand new raft from the Ecuador coast in a beneficial wind however had no issue in returning to his starting-point.

Still from Kon-Tiki film, 2012.

Still from Kon-Tiki movie, 2012. Photograph: Publicity picture from movie company

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