Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAY 1940
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Mandioli Island, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, May 19, 1940

I was already in the launch with David, Anne, Marian and Hugo, who were going off exploring for the day, when I decided to stay on board and take advantage of quiet morning to take flash lights of the interior of the boat. I took about 18.

We started at about 10 for another anchorage about 15 m north on Kasiruta Island. I did all of the navigating through islands and channels.

Anne returned alone on the launch while we were on the way. She said there were no shells where they landed and it was not interesting. Later David told me that Anne was in such a hurry to get back to the boat he thought she must be sick.

We passed many small islands and Anne said they had explored around a small circular one which I saw and that the coral formations near it were beyond anything we had seen, both in color and variety.

After coming to anchor Ted, Fenton and I had lunch in the dining room. Anne had hers alone on deck. Afterward Ted, Fenton, and I took the launch and went to a beach where Ted did some shell collecting and Fenton hunted for butterflies.

We returned at 3 and took Anne aboard. We first went up a dark river through mangrove swamps, then up what was evidently the main river on the island according to the chart. This was entirely different in character and was bordered by Nipa and Sago palms, with a great variety of other growths.

The others had returned when we got back. Hugo and David both had specimens to be photographed in the morning.

In the evening I beat Anne and Marian at Chinese checkers in a three cornered game.

We are somewhat apprehensive about being found here. However, as Kilkenny said, they cannot do anything but ask us to move on. I took the precaution not to take a camera in the launch.

Licuala palm on Bacan Island
Licuala palm on Bacan Island. Photographed by Hugo Curran.
View from the Cheng Ho at Mandioli Island
View from the Cheng Ho at Mandioli Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
View from the Cheng Ho at Mandioli Island
View from the Cheng Ho at Mandioli Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Bikkia (Rubiaceae) collected on Mandioli Island
Bikkia (Rubiaceae) collected on Mandioli Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Bikkia (Rubiaceae) collected on Mandioli Island
Bikkia (Rubiaceae) collected on Mandioli Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Bikkia (Rubiaceae) in Palau
Bikkia (Rubiaceae) photographed on the Rock Islands of Palau in 2008 by Carl Lewis.

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