Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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FEB 1940
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Baai van Dago to Deloe, Siau Island, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, February 1, 1940

David got me up at 6 for a launch trip up a long inlet in this harbor. Party consisted of Anne, Marian, David, Hugo and Fenton with Ah Fook to help on the launch.

We went up the rather narrow inlet near the town among mangrove swamps.

Found very peculiar ants nest on trees which David became excited about and a great many pictures were needed. Hugo got covered with ants in getting the nests in position to photograph. Many native outriggers came down the inlet showing that there were settlements farther up. David found interesting and peculiar fruits and in one place Hugo cut down a fair sized tree with his bolo to get a good view for photography. We took between us 60 photographs. The boat was loaded with ants nests from which the ants had been eliminated by putting them under water, fruits and seeds and branches. Returned to the boat at 10:15 and were off for the island of Siaoe about 40 miles distant at 10:30. The name of the town there is Deloe .

This mornings trip was extremely interesting and successful and David found a good deal that was important. The amount of photography showed this.

After passing many small islands we approached the volcanic cone of Siaoe, 6800 ft, and active. Smoke was visible. The scene was very impressive as we approached with steep slopes, the lower part covered with coconut. We came close to the town and saw the “Alor,” which had been at Taroma, anchored close to the pier. They sent out a launch and we got a storm line ashore after letting out the anchor at 5:45 P.M. Sent an invitation to de Vries who was aboard the Alor asking him to dinner.

Everyone was much impressed with the beauty of this island. De Vries came to dinner. I left the others early and slept on the high stern deck.

Marian Fairchild, David Fairchild, and Ann Archbold aboard launch
Marian Fairchild, David Fairchild, and Ann Archbold aboard launch on the river at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
River at Dago Bay
River at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Mangrove swamp at Dago Bay
Mangrove swamp at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Mangrove swamp at Dago Bay
Mangrove swamp at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Praus on the bank of a stream at Dago Bay
Praus on the bank of a stream at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Prau on the river at at Dago Bay
Prau on the river at at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
House beside stream at Dago Bay
House beside stream at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Rhizophora and Bruguiera
Rhizophora sp. and Bruguiera sp. collected at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Bruguiera conjugata
Bruguiera conjugata photographed at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia by Edward Beckwith.
Bruguiera parviflora
Bruguiera parviflora at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Hydnophytum plants growing on a mangrove tree
Hydnophytum sp., an epiphytic ant plant, growing on a mangrove tree. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Hydnophytum specimen
Hydnophytum sp., an epiphytic ant plant collected on a mangrove tree at Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Note the ants on Hugo’s hand. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Ant nest formed by tree leaves that have been stuck together
Ant nest formed by tree leaves that have been stuck together. Sticky silk, produced by the ant larvae, is the adhesive. Dago Bay, Sangir Besar, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Siau Island, the smoldering island
Siau Island, the smoldering island, Indonesia. Photographed from the Cheng Ho by Edward Beckwith.
Siau Island, the smoldering island
Siau Island (the smoldering island), Indonesia. Photographed from the Cheng Ho by Edward Beckwith.
Siau Island, the smoldering island
Siau Island, the smoldering island, Indonesia. Photographed from the Cheng Ho by David Fairchild.

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