Those are all good questions. How 'bout: Where did they get the drinking water for this trek? The couldn't drink sea water. Did they carry their own? How? And how much? Esp. considering they didn't know of any islands along the way...or for that matter, they didn't know if there was anything anywhere out there.
posted on 06/04/2007 6:21:40 PM PDT
("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
Drinking water - haven’t some shipwrecked people survived a long time on the flesh of fish? And nets full of green coconuts might come in handy. Anyway, if you could sail 100 miles a day (and it’s possible to sail 200) you could cross 2000 miles of ocean in three weeks. The Polynesians had some massive canoes, room for lots of coconuts. Finding the dots in the ocean is a whole other problem.
See the book The Last Navigator for some info on how the Polynesians did it.
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