"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" Accounts of the 1926 Smithsonian-Dutch Expedition to New Guinea

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July 1, 1926 : Albatross Camp (Base Camp) ; Mamberamo River

July 1st

This morning we got up to find that the river is rising more rapidly than ever, which presages a difficult time for the transports. We received a wireless last night that the 60 new Dyaks will arrive in Ambon the 8th of this month. That was very quick work. The Albatross therefore will probably arrive here much sooner than August 1st, probably around the 22nd or 23rd of July. That is good for two reasons, as it means that not only will the Dyaks be here sooner but so will the gasoline for the motor boats and this will save our aviation gas which burns very quickly in the motor boats.

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