• Short Summary

    A STRANGE-LOOKING BOAT, MADE FROM PAPYRUS REEDS, HAS BEGUN THE FIRST STAGE OF A JOURNEY THAT IT IS HOPED WILL EVENTUALLY TEST A THEORY THAT ANCIENT EGYPTIANS WERE ABLE TO SAIL TO MEXICO.

  • Description

    A STRANGE-LOOKING BOAT, MADE FROM PAPYRUS REEDS, HAS BEGUN THE FIRST STAGE OF A JOURNEY THAT IT IS HOPED WILL EVENTUALLY TEST A THEORY THAT ANCIENT EGYPTIANS WERE ABLE TO SAIL TO MEXICO. THE BOAT, THE IDEA OF NORWEGIAN EXPLORER THOR HEYERDAHL, WAS BUILT UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE GIZA PYRAMIDS. YESTERDAY (MONDAY) A BIG TEAM OF STUDENTS AND WORKMEN BEGAN THE JOB OF MOVING THE 50-FEET (15-METRE) LONG HIGH-POWERED VESSEL 500 YARDS (METRES) TO A WAITING MULTI-WHEELED TRAILER. BUT THE BOAT BECAME BOGGED IN A SEA OF SAND.

    THOR HEYERDAHL, WHO MADE HISTORY WHEN HE SAILED ACROSS THE SOUTH PACIFIC IN THE KON TIKI WOOD RAFT MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO, HAS PLANNED THE PRESENT 4,000-MILE (6,400-KMS) VOYAGE TO MEXICO TO TRY TO ESTABLISH THE LIKELIHOOD OR OTHERWISE OF A THEORY THAT THE MEXICAN PYRAMIDS AND CULTURE STEMMED FROM ANCIENT EGYPTIAN.

    THE PAPYRUS REED WAS THE MATERIAL WHICH PROVIDED THE WORLD'S FIRST PAPER. TWO BOAT-BUILDERS FROM CHAD, WHERE PAPYRUS BOATS ARE STILL USED, HELPED PUT THE VESSEL TOGETHER.

    THE 54-YEAR-OLD HEYERDAHL, WITH A CREW OF SIX MEN, PLANS TO SAIL FORM SAFI, ON MOROCCO'S ATLANTIC COAST, IN MID-MAY.

    BUT DESPITE THE HELP OF 200 SWEATING, STRUGGLING STUDENTS AND WORKERS, HIS FIRST ATTEMPT TO GET THE BOAT ON ITS WAY TO THE COAST RAN INTO TROUBLE WHEN THE ROLLERS ON WHICH IT WAS BEING PULLED WERE FOUND TO BE UNSATISFACTORY IN THE SOFT SAND.

    WATCHED BY PARLIAMENTARY MEMBERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS. THE BIG TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS STRUGGLED FOR SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THEY WERE ABLE TO GET THE BOAT, WITH ITS FLIMSY-LOOKING WICKERWORK CABIN, MOVING ONCE MORE TOWARDS THE WAITING TRAILER.

    THE VESSEL WAS TO BE TAKEN TO ALEXANDRIA AND SHIPPED TO MOROCCO LATER IN THE WEEK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACN0IVYUVY6B1RLC0Y1X6VGEQ0
    Media URN:
    VLVACN0IVYUVY6B1RLC0Y1X6VGEQ0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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