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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, January 18, 1940

The Cheng Ho docked at Zamboanga
The Cheng Ho docked at Zamboanga, Philippines, photographed by Edward Beckwith
Woven baskets at market in Zamboanga
Woven baskets at market in Zamboanga, Philippines, photographed by Edward Beckwith
Daan, Hugo and Fenton went ashore early shooting pigeons. Up anchor at 7 and down the west coast of Zamboanga Peninsula. The coast of Mindanao is apparently little inhabited, occasionally a coconut plantation.

Started developing around 10 AM.

Arrived at Zamboanga about noon. Docks were all full, many small steamers, etc. so we anchored out until afternoon when we tied up at a dock in order to take on fuel and water tomorrow. Crowd of natives collected at the dock and we were under constant observation until we sailed.

Col. Smith, commander in charge of the post, met us ashore and we went to the town in his car. A very neat and attractive town. Later we went to Col. Smith’s house and met his wife, also Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Worcester, latter son of Dean Worcester.

Slept on the high after-deck to get away from the observant crowd and customs men who were on board. Put up my mosquito net at 12 as the small mosquitoes were numerous. Anne slept right near with no net. The night was uncomfortable with swells and noises from the dock.

Anne found an owner for the cat and everyone was relieved as the cat while friendly was a constant nuisance in the state rooms and was very difficult to locate as she hid away for long stretches in impossible places.

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