Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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FEB 1940
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Cheng Ho at Gorontalo, Sulawesi

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, February 21, 1940

Buri palm (Corypha umbraculifera)
Buri palm (Corypha umbraculifera), photographed near Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia by Edward Beckwith.
Man carrying tomatoes in a Livistona palm leaf
Man at the Gorontalo market carrying tomatoes in a Livistona palm leaf. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Up at 6 after a good night on deck.

Daan and Hugo talk of going into the unexplored region on the west coast. Hugo suggested I go with them.

Anne was also up early. She suggested I learn Chinese chess and went forward with me while Ah Gun taught me how to play it. Game had similarities to chess but was different in many ways. It was played with counters having Chinese characters on them. I understand part of it but not all. Thought it about like chess in difficulty. Only a few of the crew play it. Sam is supposed to be the best.

Tied up to a buoy at Gorontalo at 10:30 A.M. Small settlement with a few iron roofed but no native houses. This was the post, the town of Gorontalo being 2 kilometers inland and not visible.

Went ashore with the others who were going to see the Resident. Not room in the car to drive to the town for me so I soon returned in a native boat.

In the afternoon we took the car and drove about the town. It was much more attractive than Menado. Most of the people were Muslims and the younger women raised their brightly colored garments so as to hide their faces. We saw some weaving etc and then drove a short distance to a large lake and got out to look at the mountains on the other side.

Sat on the upper deck with Anne in the evening. Fine moonlit night with the moon almost vertically above. A cool breeze, –I had to wear my camels hair coat, –temp 74 degrees.

Fenton and I examined the awning on the upper deck as a possible sleeping place which would be out of the way. Decided not practicable.

When we were in the town in the afternoon, David got talking with a Mr. Kulche, a German who owned a Kapok plantation 40 kilometers away. In a few moments it was arranged that Hugo should go out with him to spend the night and hunt for specimens. I never saw such quick work.

Turned in on deck at 10.

 

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