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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, February 18, 1940

Pigafetta elata on roadside
Pigafetta elata near Tinoor along the road from Manado to Tonando, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
David became worried that we did not have good enough pictures due to rain of his precious Pigafettas, so we drove out on the mountain road to take more of the one we took the other day.

We all, that is, Anne, Marian, David, Daan, Hugo and I, went to the Residents to lunch. After about an hour of talking and drinking we had lunch. The Resident and his wife were the only ones beside ourselves. The dish was “rijstaffel,” very finely prepared and not too hot, although I think it made Hugo’s eyes water as usual. The Resident’s wife was very pleasant and made some beautiful presents to Anne and Marian of materials etc. I gave her the objectionable postal with all our names signed to it. I had a feeling that the Resident felt we were making rather light of the matter but it was not my suggestion.

Started for Bitung in the rain in two cars, taking leave of Manado. Dark when we arrived in the dirty little native settlement and sent a native to the Cheng Ho in a prau with a note to send the launch. Anne was very restive as usual.

Got on board with everything and everyone was glad to get back. They called me “jail bird.”

Ted was so pleased with the kimono that Anne made him a present of that. I think relations may be improved in future. His pleasure was very evident. Fant also received one but had little to say. In the evening we looked over charts to plan the projected trip in the Gulf of Tomini.

I was the only one who tried sleeping on deck in the heavy rain. It was made worse by the copper treatment given the awning for mildew which has made it leak worse more than ever. I slept in a canvas bag on a raised part of the deck.

 

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