Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Cebu, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, June 30, 1940

Shoreline of Cebu, Philippines
Shoreline of Cebu, Philippines. Photographed in 2006 by Ted Abbott.
Boats off the coast of Cebu, Philippines
Boats off the coast of Cebu, Philippines. Photographed in 2010 by bortescristian.
We discovered this morning that there was a temporary light only at the channel and that the red and green lights had been replaced by two range lights.

Bad news yesterday from China. Wholesale evacuation to Manila in 5 steamers. This will mean congestion at Manila hotels and increased difficulty in getting passage to U.S. Schofield offered to get me a reservation on the Pres. Coolidge sailing Aug. 31, so I accepted.

We raised anchor at about 7 and went into the harbor, anchoring off the town. Our cruise on the Cheng Ho ended here and she will be hauled out on Monday to have the bottom cleaned and various changes made preparatory to starting for Tahiti on about the 1st of August with missionary Ellis Schofield in command.

Ted, Fenton and I went ashore to see if the shops were open, but things were pretty well closed up. We met Schofield and went to the club. He offered to help me get a reservation on the Pres. Coolidge sailing from Manila on Aug. 31 and sent a telegram to Manila. We returned to the boat where Anne brought Mr. and Mrs. Larsen, the Standard Oil representative, to lunch. Anne told me that the Clipper fare to San Francisco has been reduced to 602.00. She has a reservation for July 19 and wanted Mrs. Larsen to see if he could get one for me on the same plane. Between them all I ought to be able to get back.

The Elcano came in with the Fairchilds on their way to Manila and will stay until Mon. evening at 9. Ted, Hugo and I went on board to see the Fairchilds and stayed to dinner. Anne sent word to them asking them on board the boat to dinner. They refused and Anne came aboard the Elcano to see them. Things were moderately pleasant but I could see there was no hope of a renewed friendship. Anne asked me what I intended to do, and to my surprise told me she did not wish me to stay on the boat with Mr. and Mrs. Schofield, although they have asked me.

Ted arranged for the whole Chinese crew to go to Manila on the Elcano and he and Fenton took passage. The Fairchilds wanted me to come along. I have an alternative which is to stay at the hotel and possibly go with Hugo on a steamer to Bugo for about a week on Thursday. Anne is staying with the Larsens and tried unsuccessfully for me to stay also but there was only one room.

We returned to the boat and I turned in on deck, very tired after navigating most of last night.

 

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