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May 22, 1926 : Albatross Camp (Base Camp) ; Mamberamo River

May 22nd

This morning at 9:30 the siren of the Albatross announced her presence around the band of the river. When the echoes had died away in the hills, I got in the motorboat with Posthumous, Jordan, Korteman and van Leeuwen, and went on board. There is a lot of sickness on the ship and she started unloading rapidly, as they intend to return tomorrow for Ambon. The captain himself is sick. It has rained most of the day and as consequence, most of the day was spent indoors. All hands have been busy unloading ship, as fifty of the officers and crew are ill of influenza.

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