Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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JUN 1940
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Departure from Caldera Bay to Cebu, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, June 28, 1940

Coast of northern Mindanao on route from Zamboanga to Cebu
Coast of northern Mindanao on route from Zamboanga to Cebu. Photographed in 2008 by yoodz.
Anne, Schofield, Mrs. Schofield and her little girl all came aboard, and we started at 9 A.M. for Cebu. The weather was calm and fine with a light wind. Sails were hoisted at about 10, as much as anything to let Schofield see how they worked. We took them down later. I did the navigating. Schofield brought his log aboard and we strung it out to port with ours to starboard. I compared the two and found that his log read about 6.5 knots more than ours in 100 miles. It was hard to say whether his or ours was more correct.

We continued north up the Mindanao coast making about 6 knots.

Everything went smoothly and Anne remarked to Ted that he seemed very cheerful. Schofield told me that Anne did not seem to think highly of Ted and asked me the reason. He also told me that he himself was accustomed to dealing with woman of Anne’s nervous temperament. He said “Never go after them, always wait for them to come to you.” There was a good deal of missionary talk. Mrs. Schofield wondered “whether God would allow a nation like the English to be defeated by the Germans.”

There was only a slight roll but Hugo felt sick and Fenton slept most of the day.

Schofield has several times urged me to come on the trip with him. He said he would find it difficult to get as good a navigator and wanted me to come as 1st officer. Aside from the missionary side, with which I am not in sympathy, the trip is over for me and it is time to return.

 

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