Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JUN 1940
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Departure from the Talaud Islands for the Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, June 14, 1940

Anne came to my cabin at about 6 and asked if there was any reason we should not get going. She thought for one thing that the Dutch officials were getting anxious about us. I woke Ted and we got started at 8:30 after I had photographed Hugo’s specimens.

The sea was calm for some time but the weather looked uncertain. Toward noon we ran into a heavy rain squall with a rougher sea than any we have had and according to the crew approximated the conditions of the run from Hong Kong to Manila. The rain stopped toward evening but the heavy seas continued. We failed to pick up the light on the southern end of Mindanao peninsula or sight land during the night. Ted and I took turns on lookout. From midnight to 4 AM there was little moon, and difficult to see land if there had been any.

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