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In pictures: Kon-Tiki voyage recreation

Explorers work on the construction of a wooden raft in Callao, Peru

A team of explorers is on Monday due to set sail from Peru on a wooden raft across the Pacific to recreate the dramatic journey of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl 59 years ago.

The wooden raft, the Tangaroa

The six-member Norwegian crew will embark on an 8,000km (5,000-mile) voyage from the Peruvian port of Callao to Polynesia.

Building works

The 17-metre (56ft) balsa raft, the Tangaroa, is a replica of vessels used by indigenous peoples of South America.

Building works

However, the Tangaroa is equipped with solar panels, a satellite navigation system and has a link to the internet.

Olav Heyerdahl (left) talks with other member of the crew

Olav Heyerdahl (left), the 28-year-old grandson of the legendary explorer, is one of the crew.

The Kon-Tiki expedition is shown after its arrival at Papeete, Tahiti, Polynesia, in 1947

Thor Heyerdahl wanted to prove his theory that Polynesia was populated by ancient mariners from South America. He died in 2002, aged 87.

Thor Heyerdahl. Photo: 29 September 1947

Thor Heyerdahl started his journey on the Kon-Tiki balsa raft on 28 April 1947, reaching the Tuamotu islands in 101 days.




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