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Kon-Tiki sailor dies

Knut Haugland, who died Dec. 25 at age 92, was the last surviving crewmember of the Kon-Tiki, a raft voyage undertaken in 1947 to demonstrate that ancient mariners might have colonized Polynesia from the South American mainland.

The 101-day, 4,300-mile journey, led by Thor Heyerdahl, came to an abrupt ending on Aug. 7, 1947, after the Kon-Tiki grounded on a reef off Raroia, an atoll in French Polynesia. There were no casualties, but the Kon-Tiki was smashed by waves.

Click here to read Haugland's obituary.