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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Tuesday, February 27, 1940

Dr. Makalew came aboard at 7, and dressed David’s wound. He said that Peruvian balsam was the best thing for fresh wounds, no use for old wounds. He said treatment had been all right and wound looked satisfactory. He said David should stay still and he would look at it again tomorrow.

In the meantime Ted said the boat should go to Sarabaya at once. Anne went ashore and came back at 8 with Mr. Po Keng Huey, the Standard Oil man, whom we had seen before and who through a mistake was called “Mr. Way” on our former visit. He said he could arrange for fresh water and ice. Anne’s Standard Oil men at the different posts where an agency existed seemed to give their entire time and energy to her requirements and these were infinite. I think the men were exhausted by the times she left.

The Resident, Mr. Korn, and his wife came and stayed about an hour.

After they left Fenton developed four rolls of film.

We all had a conference about the most advisable procedure.

Ted, supported by Daan, held out for an immediate trip to Sarabaya for repairs. David wanted to continue the cruise under present conditions. Hugo proposed that he should take a trip by coastal steamers to the dry regions of Celebes that David was interested in. It was suggested that I go with him and that we rejoin the junk at Sarabaya. The suggestion met with partial approval and I think will be adopted. Hugo and I could accomplish a good deal together and I was in favor of it, agreeing to finance my part of it. Anne was ashore and was not in our discussion.

Ted told me yesterday about the crew’s pay. Ah Gun got 75 Hong Kong dollars a month, equivalent to 19 American Dollars. The crew get 60 and the chief engineer 100.

Very fine clear sky in the evening.

The Cheng Ho at Gorontalo
The Cheng Ho at Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia after being damaged by a fire in its engine room. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.

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