Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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JAN 1940
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Masbate, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, January 11, 1940

Fenton Kilkenny at the helm of the Cheng Ho

Fenton Kilkenny at the helm of the Cheng Ho
Slept on deck and had a good rest, feeling better in the morning. Ted said I was in a class by myself for snoring. Rained during the night. Hoisted sails and started at daylight, about 5 A.M., using power to get out of the well protected harbor. Anne ordered the engines turned off and we sailed all day with a fair breeze a-beam. Very restful sailing without the engines and the junk with all sails set certainly was a picturesque craft.

Began developing after breakfast and continued till about 2 P.M. developing 4 of my rolls and 2 of David’s. Came out well except that one of my rolls was a blank for no accountable reason. Cooled developer by placing the bottle in a wet sock and exposing to the wind, the resulting temperature being 78 degrees, the same as I used in the Manila hotel.

Everyone on board was in a good humour and seemed to enjoy the day. Had tea in the main room and enjoyed it. Am feeling distinctly better.

On account of not running the engines we only made 50 miles reaching a harbor with a small town on the northern end of Masbate, quite a large island. Anchored for the night.

Played a game of Chinese checkers with Anne and Fenton. Later won.

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