Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Coast of Mindanao to Cebu, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Saturday, June 29, 1940

Apo Island lighthouse
Apo Island lighthouse, constructed in 1917. Photographed in 2008 by Lisa and Alec.
A remarkably calm and pleasant night with little to do as the course was a straight one for Apo Island light. I went on watch for a short time at 3 AM and seeing that all was well and the night clear went back to sleep.

Our drift in the morning was 11 miles east and I altered the course with Apo just in sight.

Schofield again urged me to come with him.

Apo Island light was the one that Gilroy came to grief on with his steamer. Approaching it in a rain squall at 19 knots he suddenly sighted the light island ahead, reversed engines but it was too late. The streamer ran on the rocks at 12 knots speed. His license was suspended for 6 months and he has since not been able to get another commission. This happened in March 1939.

There was rolling as we came abreast of Negros and considerable tide which made it necessary to take bearings constantly. In fact I was on watch the entire day, with the exception of a 2 hour nap in the afternoon.

A feud developed between our engineer and Schofield’s engineer. Each claimed the other was no good. It reached Anne through Schofield and finally Ted took a hand in it. It probably had something to do with a Philippino considering a Chinaman beneath him.

As night came on we entered Bohol Straight and picked up two lights which served as bearings. At 9:15 we picked up the Cebu light 20 miles away.

I was taking a nap when Fenton woke me up at 11:30 saying there were two flashing lights instead of one as there should be by the chart. This made the approach to Cebu confusing, especially as we had no harbor chart, so we ended by anchoring outside at about 1 AM.

 

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