Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
APRIL 1940
 
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JUL 1940
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Departure from Cebu, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Monday, July 1, 1940

Cebu harbor
Cebu harbor. Photographed in 2009 by lemuelinchrist.
Bad mosquitoes on deck last night and used “Staway” 4 times.

Went ashore with Ted and Fenton and signed off as 2nd Officer of the Cheng Ho.

The “Elcano” was scheduled to sail for Manila at 8 o’clock and I decided to get aboard although I was sorry to miss making the trip with Hugo to Bugo and Lake Lanao, the Moro country. It seemed more important to get to Manila and arrange personally for reservation to the U.S. especially after recent news that Hong Kong is under Japanese siege and the English there are all coming to Manila.

I told Anne of my decision and she approved of it, for which I was glad as I thought she might want us to stay and help about putting the boat up.

Ted has not yet signed off as Captain and will not do so until he reaches Manila. The upset between him and Anne will therefore not occur until then.

Mrs. Schofield, who is so fat that she does not fit very well in all parts of the boat, prepared lunch for Hugo and me. Her little girl, Deborah, said grace over a can of beans, etc.

After I had packed, the customs men came to the cabin and made me dump everything out again. However, I took leave of the Schofields and the Cheng Ho at about 2 P.M. and got aboard the steamer, where the Fairchilds were surprised and glad that I was joining them. Fenton, Ted, and the whole Chinese crew were also aboard.

Anne came aboard to say goodbye to the Fairchilds and appeared fairly friendly. She was quite insistent that I try and take the Clipper on July 19 with her. As the Elcano passed the Cheng Ho at anchor we waved to Anne, Hugo and the Schofields who were on board, — very likely the last I will see of the Cheng Ho.

Everyone felt relaxed and let down on the comfortable steamer and ready to turn in early.

 

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