Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAY 1940
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Pajahi, Halmahera, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, May 26, 1940

Mount Tidore, off the western coast of Halmahera, Indonesia
Mount Tidore, off the western coast of Halmahera, Indonesia. Photographed in 2005 by a_rabin.
Approaching Halmahera
Approaching Halmahera, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
We got off at about 8 on a beautiful morning, taking a course N 20 E, straight for the small settlement of Pajahi on the West coast of Halmahera, a distance of 45 miles requiring about 7 hours.

We approached the equator as we came abreast of a hill on the island of Kajoa. We crossed at 11:20 (Ambon time) (10:50) Manila time. Anne tried to get Kilkenney excited about crossing the equator as the other day he had spoken about “ceremonies,” but he just sat cleaning shells and would take no interest. I took a picture just to show what it looked like.

Very fine views of the crater cones of Tidore (the most perfect cone I have ever seen), Makian and Moti.

Dropped anchor at 2:20 in front of the small village of Pajahi.

Anne, Marian and David went up a small river in the launch while Hugo and Fenton went in another direction. I stayed on the boat and talked with Ted watching a fine sunset in the cool breeze of the upper deck. He thought that the trip would come to an end soon and that everyone would return to the U.S., etc. He would go to Raan’s in Surabaya.

Taught Fenton and Hugo navigation in the evening. Fenton had been to a navigation school and was rather impressed with the much more simple methods I used.

 

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