"Kon-tiki" was a wash through type raft. Fitted with a bipod main mast carrying two dissimilar size square sails and a mizzen mast carrying a small square sail. Kon-Tiki was made of nine balsa tree trunks by Thor Heyerdahl at Callao in Peru, launched 28 April 1947 and was used to prove the feasibility of pre-Columbian Peruvian raftsman reaching the Polynesian islands. The six-man crew of the raft reached the Tuamotu Group on 7 August 1947 having travelled 6970 kilometers in 101 days. This model was received by the Museum in 1952.

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