Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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APR 1940
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Makassar and departure for Ambon, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, April 25, 1940

I started early to prepare for developing David’s final 5 rolls of film. The weather was humid and drying so slow that I decided to stop with 3 rolls still to go. Fenton came in to help and told me they wanted to leave by noon. I drove to the town and bought a light tripod. Met Marian, the third chance meeting lately, and she told me thet we would not leave before tomorrow. I therefore returned & developed the three last rolls of David’s film. Hugo came in and said that the plan had been again changed and we would positively leave at 4 PM today.

Hugo received a telegram from Daan that he would give Wongso a job at 10 guilders a months. He has done well and Hugo learned a lot of Malay from him.

With the help of a fan the films almost dried in time and the last one still slightly damp went into silica gel & on to the boat.

We set sail at 4:30 which consisted in starting the engines. It was good to be on the boat again after 7 weeks absence. Hugo took Fant’s place as my cabin mate.

We spent the afternoon and evening in comparing experiences. It was interesting that they all found so much that was supremely attractive in Bali and in no sense disappointing, as I have had the idea that Bali must have been considerably spoiled through worldwide publicity.

Our immediate course was east with Ambon the objective, and the cruise to the Maluku Islands was actually underway.

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