Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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FEB 1940
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Marisa to Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, February 26, 1940

Coast of Gorontalo
Coast of Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2009 by Nazir Amin
David felt well and his cut was not painful. He wanted to get to a hospital. Marian, Anne and Daan took the launch with Fook and went to Marisa at about 7, the idea being to telephone to Gorontalo. There was no telephone and they were back at 9:15.

David decided to go to Gorontalo where there was a government hospital. Ted reported that the starboard engine was all right.

We had breakfast in the dining room, just as good as usual, although the room was a little smoky.

Daan showed me his best shot gun with the barrel covered with rust from the gas made by the extinguishers. I photographed it, also a specimen for Hugo. David stayed in the deck house and discussed botanical questions with Hugo.

My stateroom and everything in it was covered with a thin coating of soot. The dark room was also much blackened by the sooty smoke but probably no permanent damage was done.

Weighed anchor at 10:15 AM and started back for Gorontalo. Engines ran all night and we passed outside the small island near Marisa on which we landed the other day. Weather overcast.

Yesterday, at Ted’s suggestion, I took several flashlights photos in the engine room. This was done for use when insurance questions came up.

Heavy rain for a short time after starting. This was the first test of my Sherwin Williams waterproof compound on the awning. The part treated was the only portion that did not drip, proving its efficiency.

Rather rainy trip outside all islands.

On entering the harbor at Gorontalo the K.P.M. boat Van Overstraten showed up tied between the two buoys. We tied up to the nearest one at 9:30 P.M. just off the bow of the K.P.M. boat.

The engines worked well although there was some trouble in starting the port engine as the starting switch was burned out.

Daan and Marian went ashore and telephoned for a doctor making an appointment for 7 A.M. in the morning.

This harbor was a cold spot with a continuous breeze blowing down from between the hills on either side.

David lay down all day and seemed all right.

Slept on deck on Fant’s cot.

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