By Bengt Danielsson
The incredible actual tale of a raft voyage around the Pacific.
Not because the outstanding tale of the Kon-Tiki day trip has there seemed reminiscent of intriguing saga of a primitive raft day trip around the Pacific for clinical research. From Raft to Raft tells the excellent, suspenseful drama of the harmful voyage led via Eric de Bisschop from Tahiti to Chile and again to Polynesia—a foray two times so long as that undertaken through Kon-Tiki and person who encountered infinitely higher problems and dangers.
Like Heyerdahl, de Bisschop undertook his voyage to turn out an ethnological theory—but a idea thoroughly opposite to that of his Norwegian forerunner. Heyerdahl believed that voyagers from South the US had visited Polynesia in prehistoric instances; de Bisschop used to be both convinced that Tahitian sea rovers had traveled so far as Chile and Peru.
After soreness unimaginable hardships through the first 1/2 the voyage, contributors of the Tahiti Nui team deserted the venture, yet de Bisschop and Alain Brun, who narrated the tale to Bengt Danielsson, endured on their trip, spending 13 months aboard the main primitive rafts. yet regardless of the inadequacy in their crafts—all of which had a daunting tendency to damage up—coupled with the hazards of attacking sharks, mutiny by means of one of many workforce, raging storms, and near-starvation, the Tahiti Nui voyage was once accomplished in list time—but now not ahead of a sequence of dramatic occasions happened that have been to culminate in tragic death
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The motor was still working faultlessly. The longer they listened to the level beat of the engine, the more the chief engineer, the captain and the owner were agreed that it would be a fearful waste of money and time to have a bearing repaired when there was obviously nothing wrong with it. The owner, visibly relieved, finally ordered that the ship should turn round again and continue her voyage. Notoriously, a motor can be as capricious as a woman, so in the first hours after we had resumed our westward course we feared every moment to hear new and depressing bulletins from the engine-room.
One stormy day the cargo shifted, and before the crew could shorten sail the ship capsized and sank. Eric and a few of his men were picked up by another vessel, which by a stroke of luck happened to be passing the scene of the disaster at the right moment. Simultaneously with the loss of his beloved three-master his marriage was shipwrecked. The reason was simply that his intractable need of liberty made him unsuited to the married state. Consequently his first wife was no more able to keep him than any other of the many women in his life.
It was not interrupted till, an hour or two later, there was a loud knocking on the cabin door. ’ and his new visitor entered. He was an extremely short but powerfully built man who could not have been more than twenty-five. His manner was direct and bold, and he made a very pleasant impression at once. Eric introduced him. His name was Alain Bran, and he was one of Eric’s four companions. Alain wanted to know how and where the provisions, which had just arrived, were to be stowed. Eric replied with a touch of impatience that Alain was a good enough seaman to be able to decide this question himself, and continued our discussion vigorously.
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