by Marshall Smith
Editor, Brother Jonathan Gazette
The have been many myths and stories of ancient sea travel, long before
Columbus in 1492. There are stories of Vikings landing in America
about 1,000 AD. And even more, stories of the ancient Irish, Chinese and
Polynesians landing in America many thousands of years ago. Are these
They are not only possible and plausible, but it is scientifically
proven that they did happen. This is shown by, a group of Negrito black
Africans landing in Australia and New Zealand, 40,000 BC. The native
Australian Maori cave artifacts have been repeatedly dated to 40,000 BC
with some new data suggesting an earlier date of 60,000 BC. That is a
scientific fact, but the question that remains is HOW? To get from
Africa to Australia they had to cross about 10,000 miles of open sea across
the Indian Ocean. How did they do that? Maybe it wasn't so difficult
as most modern scientists think.
I can give you a clue. The main problems for humans in crossing very
long ocean voyages is food and water. The food can come from the sea.
Most people who live along the sea are fisherman, and know how to get
food from the ocean. But how do you get drinkable fresh water from the
ocean? No ancient mechanism or device for deriving fresh water from
the ocean has been known or discovered. That is the mistake of modern
scientists, experts and professors, who assume that since they don't know
how to get fresh water from the ocean, that nobody else, including
ancient man, could not do it either. Wrong. It is modern science who is
dumb. The answer is staring them in the face.
One solution: many thousands of years ago, the ancients in small boats
during the Ice Ages, could travel along the edge of the Polar Ice Caps,
or along the Glaciers and ice floes across the sea. During the Ice
Ages, the summer weather is pleasant and warm with few storms and the ice
is the source of fresh water. This would allow long voyages from Asia
to America during the last Ice Age. And also from Europe to America
about 8,000 BC. Ancient people could travel directly with food and fresh
water from the sea, all the way from France to Connecticut by boat.
There would have been a sea highway stretching from Africa to Australia
going back about 60,000 years during the next to last Ice Age. The
ocean provided the food and the ice provided the fresh water for
sustenance of human life for long voyages lasting many months and even years.
Anybody who cannot explain how the Maori got to New Zealand from Africa
40,000 years ago has no clue about ancient inter-continental voyaging.
They also have little understanding of science.
A second clue: Most of the oldest known boats known or drawn in
ancient pictograms, used Lateen sails.
This is a single central mast, with two slanted cross-spars, controlled
by ropes. The trapezoidal or triangular sail went between the upper
and lower spars. This had two purposes. The first was to move the boat,
and the second was to collect fresh water from the slanted sail.
At night, in the cold air, moisture or dew collected on the sail. It
dripped down the sail to the lower slanted spar. A bucket or leather
bag hung on the lower end of the lower spar could collect water all night
long. Maybe several gallons per night. The early Vikings used this
type of sail, as did the very ancient Egyptians, and even earlier
This would be a whole new area of scientific research, if someone were
to pursue it, to see how the ancient sails were used as fresh water
collectors for ancient long voyages across vast oceans. I have seen no
research on this use of the ancient sails. Maybe it was the original
purpose of the sail, to collect fresh drinking water during long sea
voyages and not simply to propel the boat.
The development of the later square-rigger sails of the 12th and 13th
centuries meant you had to carry barrels of fresh water. The
square-riggers had no water collectors on the sails. This limited the length of
the voyage to how much water you could carry from home. If Columbus
had used Lateen sails he could have sailed all the way around and maybe
right off the edge of the flat earth. That's a joke. But the square
rigger sail was a more efficient sail for moving the boat, but the
ancient science of water collection seems to have been lost during the
dark ages of science. There is much ancient science which has been
lost, but it can be recovered.
An even earlier type of sail was used by the Polynesians. This sail
had a mast with two slanted spars in a V shape. The whole assembly
looked something like the letter Y with a sail hung between the slanted
spars. This type of sail is not very good at for capturing the wind or
steering the boat, but could easily collect fresh water at night which
was captured in a bag or bucket at the central mast. Some Polynesian
myths claim they sailed the Pacific Ocean thousands of years ago. Is
This sail assembly is the ancient equivalent of the modern day
necessity of space travel the fuel cell. On space craft the fuel cell
provides energy for the space craft, and also converts and collects water for
use by the astronauts. Without the fuel cell, extended space voyages
would be impossible. The ancients did the equivalent with the stone-age
invention of the sail. It extends up into the cool air above the ocean
and collects fresh water for extended sea voyages.
The first extended-travel ocean craft, going back as early as 100,000
BC, probably used the ocean currents to propel the boat, with some
assist by the primitive sail, but the main purpose of the early invention of
the sail, was collection of water for sustenance of life on the very
long sea voyages.
What this observation points out is that most modern theories about
paleontology, how mankind spread around the earth, anthropology, and human
prehistory, along with theories about the causes and conditions of the
Ice Ages are easily proven to be wrong....
Editor, Brother Jonathan Gazette