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July 12, 1926 : Albatross Camp (Base Camp) ; Mamberamo River

July 12th

This morning we rolled up our beds and klambus, loaded the remainder of our luggage on the canoes and started up the river. The water is strong and it is strenuous work. We made camp in the middle of the afternoon a little below the Marine falls, so that the men will be fresh tomorrow when they tackle the worst section of the river. Stan, Dick, Salek and I are sleeping with the Dyaks, while le Roux has his tent. Our camp is in a very pretty site at {p. 146} the mouth of a good sized creek on the west bank of the river. There are a couple of papaya trees growing in the woods near camp so I presume there is a Boromesa village up the creek.

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