June 18th, 2010, posted by Shore Crew Tags: KonTiki, Word of the Week

As the Plastiki crew embarks upon the last leg of the journey towards Sydney, we’ll be having a look back over one of the major inspirations for this project: the Kon-Tiki.

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of 5 departed from Peru on a journey across the Pacific on a Polynesian balsa wood raft. Thanks to the lovely guys at the Kon-Tiki museum, we’ve had access to some of the brilliant original photography from the expedition as well as to some of Thor’s original and previously unpublished notes and observations, which we have put together into a page dedicated to this revolutionary trip. Visit the page here, where you can also explore the flip viewer which includes some of the previously unpublished original diary excerpts.

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  1. Parrys says:

    If we didn’t have people like Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon Tiki expedition and now David and the Plastiki expedition how would we know what is possible?
    We need inspirational people like Thor and David who question the norm, follow their curiosity, who bring about awareness and through adventure educate us and provide solutions.
    We cannot keep doing what we are doing. The ocean gives us so much yet we treat it so badly.
    The fact is that we have to change the way things are done and in fact we have to change to ensure a different outcome to what we are going to get. We have to change things now to ensure a sustainable future and to ensure our oceans return to their former glory.
    We are all familiar with ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, what about three new R’s ‘rethink, redesign, reinforce’.