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

Written by Edward Beckwith on Thursday, May 30, 1940

Ted asked me to wake him at 5:30 as we planned to sail at 6. We were off on time, and reached Makian in 2 hours.

Hugo and Fenton returned late yesterday. They had been up the Bai River all day and Hugo had two new palms besides an orange colored seed which was entirely unfamiliar to David.

I began photographing in color and black and white as soon as we got to Makian and the rest had gone ashore at the village. There was a lot to be done and it took me about 3 hours.

Anne sent a bright red and green parrot aboard. According to Ted the crew were greatly pleased because they thought the bird would die instead of them, that they believed only trouble followed where Anne was concerned.

The parrot made too much noise and she decided to send him back.

Rain started and Anne again became very active directing everyone what to do in order to collect it from the awnings. I finally went to my cabin and took a sleep.

I looked for Ted at 4 P.M. as we had expected to start then. He was asleep so I did not wake him up until 4:30. Cloudy rainy weather in which the cones of Tidore, Ternate and Moti were only faintly visible. As soon as we were clear of Makian there was considerable pitching which changed to a roll as we shifted course. The beautiful cones of Tidore and Ternate were dimly outlined through the rain but were sufficiently clear for bearings to check our positions. David complained of the pitching and said we should have gone inside instead of outside the islands. This would have been impracticable at night on account of cross currents and tides. In any case the islands only extended for 30 miles or for about 5 hours of the run. Hugo was seasick and did not come to dinner. I stayed up until 9:30 when we were clear of the islands and made the last shift in course for the 55 mile stretch along the Halmahera coast to South Loloda Bay.

Makian Island, Indonesia
Makian Island, Indonesia. Photographed in 2010 by Carl Lewis.
Specimen of a Pinanga palm
Specimen of a Pinanga palm collected along the Bai River, Halmahera, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Specimen of a Pinanga palm
Specimen of a Pinanga palm collected along the Bai River. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Specimen of an unknown tree species collected along the Bai River
Specimen of an unknown tree species collected along the Bai River. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
Teachers and children outside a school on Makian Island, Indonesia
Teachers and children outside a school on Makian Island, Indonesia. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Children of Makian Island with Moti Island in the background
Children of Makian Island with Moti Island in the background. Photographed by David Fairchild.
Well on Makian Island
Well on Makian Island. Photographed by David Fairchild.

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