Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JUN 1940
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South Loloda Bay, Halmahera, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, June 2, 1940

Coast of Halmahera Island
Coast of Halmahera Island. Photographed in 2009 by Eustaquio Santimano.
Hugo Curran collecting a new species of banana
Hugo Curran collecting a new species of banana, later named Musa lodoensis, near South Loloda Bay, Halmahera. Photographed by Edward Beckwith.
David suggested we go out again to the rocky islands where we had been yesterday. Anne, Marian and Hugo went also. We had the large launch and went further around Kahatola than before. Hugo landed and brought back another new palm. Our efforts to land on another island were unsuccessful on account of shoals.

Anne suddenly said she wanted to return to the boat, where she, Marian and Hugo got out and David and I went out again for further exploration. David’s relief at getting rid of Anne was evident and he told me she had been getting on his nerves.

We landed on the Halmahera side of the bay at a pier and walked in to the native village of Loloda. It was small but neatly kept with the usual mosque. I noticed the same kind of concrete structure as at Woda and concluded that the same thing had happened here. This village was probably on the site of a former Portuguese settlement. We learned there was another village further on but did not go to it.

Anne, Marian, David and I had lunch in the deck house; Ted, Fenton and Hugo having gone out in the small launch to do some exploring. Anne made some rather crude remarks at the table, which I could see displeased David and Marian.

It began to rain after lunch and I helped Anne again to arrange the awnings so as to catch it.

I do not feel that personal relationships between Anne and the party have improved recently and would not be surprised to hear of some sudden decision to terminate the expedition although things have not quite got to that point yet.

Everyone has now accepted the possibility that Germany will win the war and have begun to speculate on what will happen if this occurs.

 

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