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To: blam
Among several factual errors in the article you linked.

I've never heard anybody say that the Vikings had a compass before.

Thor Heyerdahl sailed a balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia, not a reed boat.

There is excellent evidence the Phoenicians at least once sailed all the way around Africe, from Egypt down the Red Sea, returning through the Strait of Gibraltar.

Methinks the article was written by someone with little historical knowledge.

11 posted on 07/14/2002 1:52:18 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: Restorer
Vikings had a compass before

Vikings had everything everybody else had. If it wasn't nailed down. And sometimes even if it was.

19 posted on 07/14/2002 6:35:52 PM PDT by RightWhale
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"Thor Heyerdahl sailed a balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia, not a reed boat." You know that, but that isn't what Heyerdahl,Inc & their friends at PBS have been promoting to the public for fifty years, so give the guy a break on this one.We all grew up on the (bogus, we now know) image of the Kon Tiki as authentic (& without the refrigeration below decks & Lloyd's of London insurance above deck). Better to leave us our silly childhood fantasies, I think.

20 posted on 07/14/2002 6:52:02 PM PDT by leilani
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To: Restorer
Heyerdahl's reed boat, the Ra II, sailed from Safi in Morocco to Barbados in 57 days in 1970, proving that reed boats could cross the Atlantic. He tried to sail a larger one, the Tigris, from Mesopotamia to Egypt, in 1978, but was stopped in the Red Sea and not allowed to continue.
http://www.museumsnett.no/kon-tiki/Expeditions/
59 posted on 01/15/2004 6:19:54 PM PST by CobaltBlue
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Thor Heyerdahl sailed a balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia, not a reed boat.

This is called confabulation. Heyerdahl actually DID sail a reed boat... the Ra... but it was sailed from Morocco almost to Barbados (The almost because they had to abandon the craft short of their destination when it was obvious it would sink before arrival).

It is really surprising, in this day and age of internet fact checking, that the author could not find this little tidbit and report it correctly.

62 posted on 01/15/2004 11:57:24 PM PST by Swordmaker (This tagline shut down for renovations and repairs. Re-open June of 2001.)
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