Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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FEB 1940
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Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, February 5, 1940

Mount Klabat above Manado, Sulawesi

Mount Klabat above Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia, photographed in 2008 by alanalew.
No rain and slept well. Considerable motion. Took the wheel for an hour at 6:30 AM was we approached the great island of Celebes, passing through many islands. There were numerous tide rips making steering difficult.

We arrived at Menado at 8:30 A.M. after sailing all night. The fine cone of Kalabat was visible above the town as we approached. There was considerable difficulty in finding an anchorage on account of the rollers and steepness of the shore. Later the boat was moored to a buoy in a quieter part of the harbor.

Anne, Marian, David and I had the idea of spending several nights ashore so went prepared to do so. I felt the advantage of coming to a place like this with influential people when all formalities were dispensed with, customs, photographic prohibition, etc. We put up at the hotel, a clean Dutch inn with large rooms. Took a bath in the square stone “tub” which looked like a well and then walked around the town. We had dinner at 7:30. Anne did not like things, especially sleeping under a net and went back to the junk after dinner. Most of the men David wanted to see were away but he can manage without them. We turned in early, about 9.

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