Winter 2006 (14.4)
Preparing the Raft
Jacob Sæverud Minde, 7, who
lives in Bryne, Norway, attended the Tangaroa launching ceremony
in Callao, Peru, on April 26, 2006. There he presented the Norwegian
flag to his Uncle Torgeir who had organized the Tangaroa Expedition.
The Norwegian flag was affixed
to the top of the raft's mast along with flags from Peru, Ecuador,
Sweden, French Polynesia, the United Nations and the Larvik community
in Norway. Larvik is the hometown of Thor Heyerdahl where the
raft has been returned to become the main exhibition in a future
museum to Heyerdahl's legacy.
Like most boys, Jacob loves the Kon-Tiki story. Here he helps
the crew by cleaning up the sawdust between the logs and the
bamboo deck. It was in this compartment that the crew stowed
their huge supply of bottled water. According to Torgeir, this
space was sufficient enough to have transported 10 tons of goods.
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