Glenn Marshall of “The First Mariners”, who gave a presentation in 2019 ‘In the Wake of the First Australians’ to an event hosted by the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and The Royal Society of Queensland, has sent an update about their bamboo raft voyage, researching how people first arrived in Australia 70,000 years ago.
“The construction of the Sangga Ndolu bamboo raft is in full swing on Timor (Rote), Departure will be around 1-3 Feb for Darwin. I write from the village of Oeseli, our idyllic launch base on the south-west coast of Rote Island. The raft platform is now complete, 80 pieces of 15-metre long bamboo lashed with several kilometres of palm fibre rope. We float it off its construction cradle on the high tide on 24/25 January.
Morale is great in the village (of Oeseli) with locals providing the workforce, accommodation and delicious fresh local food, plus of course two crew members being Ife and Daniel.
Research goals are on track – monitoring equipment for wind and currents are getting final testing and we are recording myriad other performance data. The crew is all in good health.
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