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Eric de Bisschop And James Wharram - Catamaran Pioneers

Eric de Bisschop building a double canoe

One man above all has kept the memory and achievements of the French pioneer of modern catamarans, Eric de Bisschop, alive. This is James Wharram, who in 1944, at the age of 16 bought the English translation of Eric de Bisschop's book 'The voyage of the Kaimiloa' (published in English in 1940). James Wharram, with his cherished book 'The voyage of the Kaimiloa' took up the banner of Eric de Bisschop and between 1954 and 1959, in two pioneering double canoe voyages across the Atlantic.

Recreating The Migration Route Of The Proto Polynesians - The Lapita Voyage

Map of voyages of canoe form craft

The first of two papers, delivered by James Wharram at the 'Early Man and the Ocean' conference, at Norwegian Maritime Museum & Kontiki Museum, Oslo. As a young man, dreaming of sea adventure, I was inspired by Thor Heyerdahl and his 1947 Kontiki voyage. With this voyage, he established the basic premises of Experimental Marine Archaeology, which continue to this day. Heyerdahl had addressed himself to THIS problem: "How had Pacific Ocean Man arrived across 1000s of miles of ocean in the central Pacific islands?"

Revival Of Sailing Culture In Remote Island Communities - The Lapita Voyage

Eric de Bisschop building a double canoe

The second of two papers, delivered by James Wharram at the 'Early Man and the Ocean' conference, at Norwegian Maritime Museum & Kontiki Museum, Oslo. I am pleased to report back to this conference in 2010 that between Nov. 2008 and March 2009 we successfully completed the 4000Nm Lapita Voyage. It is from our experience of the Lapita Voyage and from other of our earlier experimental voyages that I will try to answer some of the many interesting issues raised by the organisers of this 2010 conference.