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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, May 24, 1940

David wanted me to go with him, Marian and Anne to one of the small islands, but just then Ted suggested I should go with him in the big launch to look up a new anchorage. I decided to go with him. “You’ll go nuts if you go round with those women all the time.” he said as soon as they were out of hearing.

We took the big launch and Ah Fook, and went around the north end of Bacan, the idea being to find an anchorage which would be less conspicuous when the KPM steamer goes by. We were out for over 3 hours and went over to the other side of the north end, stopping a few moments at the small settlement on an island to look at the Chinese store. We then decided on an anchorage in a small bay with a beautiful beach.

On the way back I took some under water photographs of coral formations through the water glass. Mohso also went with us and he and Ah Fook collected some red coral which they use as medicine. Ted said he had had a feeling that we ought to move as our present anchorage was becoming known to the natives.

We took in the anchor at about 3 and I did the navigating with Ted at the wheel. As we approached the beach of the bay we had selected Ah Gun was unable to find bottom and we had to abandon it. We tried the next bay with the same result and finally anchored in the middle of a channel, rather close to a coral reef. Hugo and Fenton had gone off for the day on Bacan from the first anchorage and returned to the boat in the launch at about 7.

There was a considerable rain after we anchored.

Fenton collected a lot of butterflies but Hugo did not find very much that was new, mainly because most that he saw has already been collected on the other islands. He certainly is a great walker. 5 natives went along and all dropped out on the way. Fenton was the last to give up. Hugo said that Fenton’s butterfly chasing with a net greatly amused the natives who went along.

Rock Island off the coast of Bacan
Rock Island off the coast of Bacan. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Islets near Salipogot Island
Islets near Salipogot Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Coast of Salipogot Island
Coast of Salipogot Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Houses along shore
Houses along shore. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
The Cheng Ho near Salipogot Island
The Cheng Ho near Salipogot Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Rainstorm over Salipogot Island
Rainstorm over Salipogot Island. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Large Agathus alba with dripping resin on Bacan Island
Large Agathus alba with dripping resin on Bacan Island. Photographed by Hugo Curran.
Fenton Kilkenny with a Pigafetta palm
Fenton Kilkenny with a Pigafetta palm on Bacan Island. Photographed by Hugo Curran.
Fenton Kilkenny in the forest
Fenton Kilkenny in the forest of Bacan Island with a machete and a butterfly net. Photographed by Hugo Curran.

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