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

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Annotations to the Journal of Matthew Stirling

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April 7, 1926 Fomalhout
[sic, = Fomalhaut]

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


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