Tuesday, October 04, 2005


By Stockton

By DOUG MELLGREN, Associated Press Writer

OSLO, Norway - An effort to recreate the late Thor Heyerdahl's famed 101-day Pacific crossing aboard the Kon-Tiki balsa raft resumed Tuesday after a postponement forced by last year's southern Asia tsunami.

The team, which includes the Norwegian adventurer's grandson, Olav Heyerdahl, plans to sail from Peru in late April, a year later than originally scheduled.

"It is very good. It is fun. And now the financing is in place," the 28-year-old Heyerdahl said of the $900,000 project.

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl's team sailed a raft 4,900 miles from Peru to Polynesia to show that prehistoric explorers could have migrated across vast oceans. Heyerdahl, who died in 2002 at age 87, documented the harrowing voyage in a best-selling book and Oscar-winning documentary, both called "Kon-Tiki."

The team expects to prove that it was possible for Thor Heyerdahl to prove that it was possible for prehistoric explorers to migrate across vast oceans. A documentary, "Kon-Tiki II - The Revenge" is expected out late next year.

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