Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JUN 1940
10

Morotai Island to Talaud Islands, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, June 10, 1940

The Celebes Sea
The Celebes Sea. Photographed in 2008 by Saw You On The Flipside.
Started at 5:45 for the Talaud Islands, running into a number of rain squalls in the afternoon with more severe rolling than at any time. Out of sight of land by noon with the log in use and a noon sight for latitude as a check. A fresh breeze came from the SW and Anne ordered the engines stopped and sails set at about 4 P.M. While we were late for sighting the Talaud Islands in any case, the reduction in speed made this impossible before dark.

Anne wanted me to read poetry to her and she was so pleased with “The Ancient Mariner” that she made me read the whole thing over again on the upper deck. Anne does not get at all seasick, but Hugo, Fenton, Marian and David were all seasick. I seem to be immune on this cruise.

Kilkenney became particularly aggravated by Anne today and told me how disgusted he was with the whole situation. Most of the time, however, he has seemed pretty cheerful and as though he was enjoying the trip. He told me that he had only gone into shell collecting to divert his mind.

According to our dead reckoning we were within about 25 miles of the islands at 10 P.M. so we altered our course to due north so as to follow the shore of the large island which was 35 miles long. I stayed up till about 11 P.M. but turned in fully dressed on deck. Ted stayed up all night.

 

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