• Short Summary

    Three Canadians have set sail from Vancouver bound for Hawaii in a 40 feet long (12 metres), dug-out canoe.

  • Description

    1.
    CU Geordie Tocher at quayside
    0.07

    2.
    SV People looking at his outrigger canoe (2 shots)
    0.16

    3.
    CU Gerhard Keisel looking on
    0.21

    4.
    CU Anthropologist Karin Lind
    0.29

    5.
    CU Geordie Tocher speaking
    0.40

    6.
    SV & TV Well wishers standing in water (2 shots)
    0.47

    7.
    TV Canoe leaving dock
    1.00

    8.
    TV & GV Canoe with one sail set leaving Vancouver harbour (2 shots)
    1.22


    THOMSON: "Geordie Tocher believes the winds, the tides and the ocean currents will push him across the Pacific like a big river. He's borrowed a page from the history of British Columbia's Haida Indians and hopes his replica of their outrigger canoes can make the voyage safely to Hawaii. Gerhard Keisel, a sailor with 35,000 miles behind him, and anthropologist, Karin Lind, are going with Geordie, together hoping to show that Polynesians are the blood relatives of the Haida."



    TOCHER: "The only thing that would turn us back is if there was major injury aboard or if we got hit by a freighter, otherwise the vessel can stand up to any sort of weather."



    THOMSON: "The daring trio had so many fans on hand to see them off this morning, they swamped the floating dock and stood ankle-deep in water to say goodbye. To build the canoe, Orenda, Geordie Tocher carved and hollowed a huge fir tree for two and a half years. To finance the expedition this man who calls himself a logger, sculptor, historian and adventurer sold his home and put together fifty thousand dollars of his own money. If everything goes as planned the westward passage should take a little over two months at sea. Jerry Thomson CBC News Vancouver."




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    TELERECORDING
    REPORTER: JERRY THOMSON

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Three Canadians have set sail from Vancouver bound for Hawaii in a 40 feet long (12 metres), dug-out canoe. The expedition leader, Mr. Geordie Tocher, says if they successfully cross the Pacific Ocean it would give weight to a theory that British Columbian Indians could have made the trip 1,400 years ago. This report from Jerry Thomson of C.B.C. News.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADRWZM5S1Y9AAOV5XG5PS03YE4
    Media URN:
    VLVADRWZM5S1Y9AAOV5XG5PS03YE4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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