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The alternate wind, in any case, had now not the guts to fail us correct within the final lap. It pronounced for responsibility back and driven and shoved on the ramshackle craft which used to be getting ready her access right into a new and unusual a part of the area. With on a daily basis that handed, better flocks of sea birds got here and rotated over us aimlessly in all instructions. One night, while the solar used to be approximately to sink into the ocean, we spotted that the birds had obtained a violent impetus. They have been flying away in a westerly path with no paying any realization to us or the flying fish underneath them. From the masthead shall we see that, as they came to visit, all of them flew immediately on on the exact same path. might be they observed whatever from up above which we didn't see. maybe they have been flying via intuition. at least they have been flying with a plan, instantly domestic to the closest island, their breeding position. We twisted the guidance oar and set our direction precisely within the path within which the birds had disappeared. Even after it used to be darkish, we heard the cries of stragglers flying over us opposed to the starry sky on the exact same path as that which we have been now following. It was once a superb evening; the moon was once approximately complete for the 3rd time throughout the Kon-Tiki’s voyage. subsequent day there have been nonetheless extra birds over us, yet we didn't have to look forward to them to teach us our approach back within the night. This time we had detected a curious desk bound cloud above the horizon. the opposite clouds have been small feathery wisps of wool which got here up within the south and handed around the vault of the sky with the alternate wind until eventually they disappeared over the horizon within the west. So I had as soon as come to understand the drifting trade-wind clouds on Fatu Hiva, and so we had visible them over us evening and day on board the Kon-Tiki. however the lonely cloud at the horizon to the southwest didn't circulation; it simply rose like a immobile column of smoke whereas the trade-wind clouds drifted through. The Polynesians knew land lay lower than such clouds. For, whilst the tropical solar bakes the new sand, a movement of hot air is created which rises up and reasons its vapor content material to condense up within the less warm strata of air. We recommended at the cloud until eventually it disappeared after sundown. The wind used to be regular, and with the guidance oar lashed tight the Kon-Tiki stored to her path unaided. The steerage watch’s activity used to be now to take a seat at the plank on the masthead, glossy with put on, and continue a lookout for whatever that indicated land. there has been a deafening screaming of birds over us all that evening. And the moon was once approximately complete. 7 TO THE SOUGH SEA ISLANDS First Sight of Land — We flow clear of Puka Puka — A Festal Day alongside the Angatau Reef — at the Threshold of Paradise — the 1st Natives — The Kon-Tiki will get a brand new workforce — Knut on Shore Leave—A wasting conflict — We float Out to Sea back — In harmful Waters — From Takume to Raroia- Drifting towards the Witches’ Caldron — on the Mercy of the Breakers — A Shipwreck — solid Ashore at the Coral Reef — we discover a wasteland Island To the South Sea Islands at the evening earlier than JULY 30 there has been a brand new and unusual surroundings concerning the Kon-Tiki.

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