• Short Summary

    Norwegian Explorer Thor Heyerdahl arrived yesterday (Tuesday) in Bridgetown, Barbados, aboard the motor-yacht "Shenandoah" after abandoning his papyrus boat "Ra" in the Atlantic.

  • Description

    Norwegian Explorer Thor Heyerdahl arrived yesterday (Tuesday) in Bridgetown, Barbados, aboard the motor-yacht "Shenandoah" after abandoning his papyrus boat "Ra" in the Atlantic. Heyerdahl and his seven-man crew were met at Bridgetown by their wives and families.

    In spite of losing his paper boat, Heyerdahl stated that he felt the trip had been successful in proving that it was possible for the Egyptians to have sailed to the New World in their paper craft long before Columbus.

    The "Ra" sailed from Morocco on May 25th and sailed 2,700 miles (5,000 kms) across the Atlantic before damage and water-logging forced the crew to abandon it last Friday (July 18) some 600 miles (960 kms) East of Barbados, after sharks prevented repairs from being carried out. They were picked up by the "Shenandoah" which had put out from Martinique carrying photographers to film the expedition's progress.

    After being greeted by his wife and three daughters, Thor Heyerdahl signed autographs and then spoke to the crowd of reporters gathered on dockside:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9TFZSXLLVVI2SS548D92CDXFQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TFZSXLLVVI2SS548D92CDXFQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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