Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JAN 1940
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Maripipi and Biliran, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, January 13, 1940

Had a sound sleep. Once when I was awake I heard Anne come on deck and wake Ted up because he was snoring. Ted has been talking about my snoring and I realized then why he had had so much to say about it.

Under way at 7 AM heading directly for Maripipi, a small island to the south. I took the wheel for about an hour for the first time. We landed at the small shore town of Viga. Hugo and Fenton went off to climb for specimens. Anne went off alone. David, Marian and I went with a native up a trail for quite a distance to perhaps 800 ft. and David secured some specimens. Got some rather interesting photos. Back on board at 1, and under way at about 2.

I sat in a comfortable steamer chair on the high stern deck and watched the shore of Biliran Island slip by and would have enjoyed it more if my legs had not been so painful from sunburn. Anne sat down beside me and I went to sleep. When I woke up she was gone.

Anchored for the night off the town of Naval on Biliran. The others went ashore and had a very interesting time. Decided to stay aboard. They reported that the town was the most simple and unspoiled they had seen.

Last evening I proposed trying some of the beer I had sent aboard. Anne said she had put 8 bottles on the ice for me and I had one. This Pilsen beer from Manila is the best I have had for years in N.Y. or anywhere else. Anne would not have any or allow me to offer some to anyone else. I saw that I had made a mistake in bringing the 6 cases aboard the boat. She probably thought it “cheeky” just as she remarked to me about the 2 row boats Daan is taking to Java although we have the use of them and they have been invaluable. Probably I should have asked her permission about the beer.

David Fairchild and Anne Archbold with villagers on Maripipi Island
David Fairchild and Anne Archbold with villagers on Maripipi Island, Philippines, photographed by Edward Beckwith
A group of young field assistants with a specimen of a fishtail palm
A group of young field assistants with a specimen of a fishtail palm (Caryota) on Maripipi Island, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith
Fruit and flower buds of a fishtail palm
Fruit and flower buds of a fishtail palm (Caryota) on Maripipi Island, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith
Fenton Kilkenny's stained and blistered hands, irritated from exposure to Diospyros maritima fruit
Fenton Kilkenny’s stained and blistered hands, irritated from exposure to the Diospyros maritima fruit collected on January 10, photographed by Edward Beckwith
John Fant cleaning his gun on the deck of the the Cheng Ho
John Fant cleaning his gun on the deck of the the Cheng Ho, photographed by Edward Beckwith
Local sailboat and the Cheng Ho
Local sailboat and the Cheng Ho, Viga, Maripipi Island, Philippines. Photographed by Edward Beckwith
Sunset over Biliran Island
Sunset over Biliran Island, Philippines, photographed in 2007 by GeekySpaz
San Miguel Pale Pilsen
San Miguel Pale Pilsen, photographed in 2007 by Kamoteus (A Better Way)

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