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

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May 23, 1926 Fomalhaut

The Fomalhaut was one of the Dutch coastguard steam ships used to transport expedition members and supplies, including the airplane (See Matthew Striling’s journal entries for April 1926). Photos of this ship show the correct spelling to be “Fomalhaut” which is the name of the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus. However, it is spelled as “Fomalhout” in Stirling’s journal and in handwritten photo captions on the backs of several photos (See photos of ship at Ambon).


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