Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JAN 1940
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On board Casiana

Written by Edward Beckwith on Tuesday, January 9, 1940

Party aboard the Casiana, President Quezon's Yacht

Party aboard the Casiana, President Quezon’s Yacht, photographed by Edward Beckwith
Fresh mangos served aboard the Casiana

Fresh mangos served aboard the Casiana, photographed by Edward Beckwith
Cheng Ho photographed from the Casiana

Cheng Ho photographed from the Casiana by David Fairchild
Breakfast on deck after a calm night and quite a good sleep. Several other guests on board, a Mr. Rogers, a Mr. Peters, Quezon’s 18 year old daughter, and several others. He is a great bridge player and stayed up playing last night till 3 A.M.

We sighted the junk ahead at about 10 AM passing her very closely so I could take some pictures. It occurred to me this might be the only opportunity I would have to take her with all sails set and under way.

We arrived at the anchorage off the north coast of Marinduque island at 11 AM. David, Anne and I went fishing in the launch with one of Quezon’s guests. David caught one and I caught one, which we had for lunch. Wt. about 5 lbs.

We are now definitely started on the cruise. The junk is anchored nearby and we will board her for good tomorrow when the Casiana starts for Manila.

There is a small notice in my cabin – “Breakfast is served at your pleasure. Your cabin boy’s name is ‘Jesus’”  Mr Garcia, Chief Steward.

Quezon and three others, Rogers, Peters, and ? played bridge constantly and Peters said he was “fed up with it.”

David caught 3 fish in the afternoon but I rested and did not go. Later we all went over to the junk.

At dinner on the Casiana I heard it hinted that Quezon was starting tonight for Manila and sure enough after dinner we said good bye and went to the junk. The Casiana left at 9 PM. Being aboard her with the President was an interesting experience but I was glad to get to the junk and away from luxurious discomforts of air conditioning.

We decided to leave at midnight. I slept on deck as my state room was stuffy and impossible and with no port hole and inadequate ventilation. El Templo Island, then San Pascual, on island of Burias.

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