Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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NOV 1939
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Wake to Guam

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, November 27, 1939

Pan American Airways brochure

Westward to Guam, Pan American Airways brochure, circa 1937. By Telstar Logistics
Hagatna (Agana) photographed before World War II

Hagatna (Agana), Guam photographed before World War II
Hagatna (Agana) photographed in 2006

Hagatna (Agana), Guam photographed in 2006.
Skipping a day on the date line made this the 27th.

Slept well until about 3AM when I woke up for good and began thinking about arrival at Manila tomorrow. Felt apprehensive about there being room for everyone on the junk. Had not thought much about it, but now recall remarks by John and Mrs. Smith that there were not enough bunks to go around. They will have to get me in somehow now that I am over here.

Took off uneventfully at about 7 on a clear, warm day with a tail wind.

The crew of eight do not mix at all with the passengers. The captain and two others whom I sat with at table at Midway have not noticed me since and I have not seen them talking to any of the others. They play ping pong & other games by themselves.

The steward asked everyone to have their passports ready to show at Guam. Did not expect mine to be needed so soon.

There are eight passengers on board.

Passed the other Clipper going East at 12:20. Very plainly visible but out of sight quickly. Altitude slightly above ours. This meeting showed how closely they keep to their course in both directions. Weather looked threatening especially as we approached Guam. We flew over the island at quite low altitude. Guam is owned by U.S. and has long been a naval base. Population about 20,000. Permit to stay 10 days was issued on showing passport.

A hard rain came down just as we landed. I drove the short distance to the inn with Mrs. Gauss and her son, who suggested I should join them in a drive around the island.

We drove to the largest town, Agana and got out at the officers club on a hill behind it where we sat overlooking the town and had lemonade. It was pleasant and distinctly tropical (13 N Lat.) and brought back to me the West Indies. Everything in the town was clean and neat looking, due as Mrs. Gauss said, to the Naval influence. We drove about and saw the town very completely getting back in a heavy rain at about 6. Had dinner with Mrs. Gauss and her son. Outside, two small native boys, one 12 and one 10 played guitars excellently and Mrs. Gauss and I went out and talked to them later. The crew seemed more sociable and one of the men I sat with the other night said good evening.

Distance flown today 1500 miles. Turned in at 7:30.

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