Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Tahuna, Sangir Besar, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, January 28, 1940

The Cheng Ho anchored in Tahuna, Sangir Besar
The Cheng Ho anchored at Tahuna, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Sangir Besar, photographed from the Space Shuttle Atlantis
Sangir Besar, photographed in 2001 from the Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-104.
Slept on deck but a heavy rain which came through the awning sent me below early in the A.M.

All those we saw last evening came aboard this A.M. There is a fiber cloth called Koffo which is only made here.

We decided to stay another day.

The comptroller and his wife came aboard, Mr. and Mrs. Barrow, who were at the party last night.

Heavy rain started and continued with some wind. The anchor began to drag at about 2.

Marian and Anne went ashore in the morning which gave me a chance to get a nap under Anne’s sign “Gents may not sleep here”.

Hugo went off up the mountain and returned very wet and with a few specimens.

Concluded on examination of David’s negatives that silica gel is too drying, causing the negatives to bend toward the film side. Therefore packed my finished negatives in several layers of newspapers, which I consider a better plan.

Anne made Ted a present of a cigarette box bought at the auction (cost .40). Ted remarked it was made of porcupine quills.

Anchor cable broke and Fant was not able to recover the anchor. At 6:45 P.M. we all went ashore in a threatening rain to dine at the Barrows. Custom is to sit around and drink for about an hour before dinner and we did not go in to dinner until 8:30. It consisted of rijsttafel, a Dutch East Indies dish consisting of about 10 things mixed with rice. It was delicious and rather spicy. I sat between Mr. and Mrs. Kiar and had a very pleasant time. Afterwards I talked with Mrs. Barrow. The life here is reading, tennis and bridge, with little variety. They all look forward to their return to Europe.

We returned to the boat at 11 and had to sleep below on account of the rain.

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