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Raft Model - Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl Object Reg. No: ST 034710

"Kon-tiki" was a wash through type raft. Fitted with a bipod main mast carrying two dissimilar size square sails and a mizzen mast carrying a small square sail. Kon-Tiki was made of nine balsa tree trunks by Thor Heyerdahl at Callao in Peru, launched 28 April 1947 and was used to prove the feasibility of pre-Columbian Peruvian raftsman reaching the Polynesian islands. The six-man crew of the raft reached the Tuamotu Group on 7 August 1947 having travelled 6970 kilometers in 101 days. This model was received by the Museum in 1952.
Acquisition Information:
Long-term Loan from G. Harris, 1952
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 3810 mm (Height), 1780 mm (Width), 4320 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: sailing vessels, plans
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Wind Power - Sailing Boats
Tertiary Classification: model rafts
Maker of Item Modelled: Thor Heyerdahl, Calao, Calao Constitutional Province, Peru, circa 1952

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