I packed up in preparation for developing 15 rolls of film at a hotel in Ambon.
We anchored just off the town at 1:30 P.M. and I was the first to go ashore. The town looked about the size of Gorontalo and looked clean with a good deal of military activity evident. The hotel Esplanade (7.50 guilders a day) was entirely satisfactory. A young American boy (about 15) spoke to me at the dock and offered assistance. He was Roderick Devin, son of a Pentecostal missionary, spoke Malay perfectly and was of much help about laundry, etc. He went with me to a Chinese photo shop where I left a lot of negatives to be enlarged, mostly for Marian and Anne. I was not well impressed with the way they handled them and think it probably a bad plan to have work done at these shops. However, it is important to get some prints which can be mailed.
I received a letter from M.P.B. saying that 56 Kodachromes had come and were all good. It was dated March 29.
When I went to the hotel I expected to have a quiet afternoon and evening but I met Anne and Hugo in the street also the Captain, who later took dinner with me. Hugo and Anne came to my room and had tea. We called on Kho Hong Giun, the Standard Oil representative, whom Anne always looks up at each port. She will make plenty of use of him. We then went to Mr. [J. Carel] Hamell’s house where David and Marian were waiting. Mr. Hamill was a missionary with whom David has already corresponded. He and his wife were there and gave us considerable valuable information about other islands in this group.
I mailed to Pan Am. in Manila to be reshipped by air express to Rochester, 5 rolls of Kodachrome. The rolls included the following Nos. 49, 50, 51, 52, 53.
The Capt. came round while I was taking a nap and wanted me to go to the club next door and play chess, our only other game having been interrupted on the boat by a roll which sent all the chess men to the floor. We found there was no board there so played ping pong and then had dinner. He left soon after and I wrote a letter to MPB.
Roderick told me there was no malaria here and there are certainly not many mosquitoes.