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.