Norman Baker (explorer)

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Norman Leonard Baker (November 18, 1928 – November 22, 2017) was a navigator on Thor Heyerdahl's Ra, Ra II and Tigris reed boat expeditions.[1][2] He was the co-author (with Barbara Murphy) of Thor Heyerdahl and the Reed Boat Ra, a 1974 children's book on the expeditions. He was a fellow and director of the Explorers Club,[3] and served as an advisor to Fara Heim, an expedition searching for signs of Viking settlements in North America. Capt. Baker died when the Cessna 172 he was piloting crashed in Pittsford, Vermont on November 22, 2017.[4]

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  1. ^ Heyerdahl, T. 1972. The Ra Expeditions. Penguin Books
  2. ^ Heyerdahl, T. 1984. The Tigris Expedition: In Search of Our Beginnings, Doubleday
  3. ^ "Captain Norman Baker". Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  4. ^ Roberts, Sam (December 1, 2017). "Norman Baker, Adventurer, Dies at 89; Crossed Atlantic on Reed Raft". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2017-12-04. Retrieved December 4, 2017.