June 17, 1940 – Monday

Left mooring 17:10

Learned that as we had no quarantine flag flying when we came in the district officer took it that we had been cleared at Tulagi and so the refusal to come out in the rain. Can’t say as I blame him.

The pilot book describes the weather here as unhealthy and that’s no lie. I never saw it rain so much. About a week before we came it rained nine and a half inches in one day. It is always raining and a break in the weather is not expected for sometime.

Some of the boys went to a tea with Exy, Nora, and the two kids. The first thing Exy told about was how good the brats were. I found out from the gang that they, especially Arthur, werer as good as portrayed. Exy certainly praised the kids for their good behavior. If I ever have kids I’ll whale the tar out of them if they’re not good in front of company.

Left after supper and boiled out through the reef at seven knots with squaresail and raffee set and a native on deck.

August 19, 1940 – Monday

Went ashore just after breakfast and had to wait at the Douane (Custom Office) for over an hour while things were straightened out. We were all searched for firearms and let go. Walked around town and found it most interesting.

Narrow streets near water all lined with curious chink shops. Inland a little, streets are wider and extremely pretty homes to be seen. Deep gutters with running water keep streets extremely clean, and large canal very picturesque. Market and native section interesting. Warren, Charley, Oakes, and I had most excellent nasi-goring – four heaping plates, three bottles of beer and one of orange squash – for four guilders total. Haircut for twenty-five cents (Dutch). Bikes twenty-five Dutch cents per hour. Air mail expensive.

October 9, 1940 – Wednesday

Got a guide and went to some temples and ruins. What an amazing place! Such jungle! Twenty-five square miles and about twenty buildings.

The Khmers, who built these things, were a very warlike people who made constant raids on neighboring tribes. At one time, they had enormous territory (Indo-China, Thailand, and part of South China.) Many theories are advanced for the disappearance of the Khmers.

Much information about the people has been gotten from the Sanskrit writings on walls and ages of temples are known 1000 AD.

October·29, 1940 – Tuesday

Out one year today.

Third third of trip really starts now. A squall at noon brought wind for first time in many days. Skipper tosses American flag over side and has Nora repair the other battered one.

Low’s 18th birthday. Singing songs after chow tonight. Caught tuna (ten pounds).

Oakes heard Garfield on her way to Penang.

November 19, 1940 – Tuesday

Last night’s watch was dry for three hours and fifty minutes. The other two watches it rained buckets. Rained a little on today’s watch, but I was in engine room cleaning tools for two and a half hours so I did not get on deck until it was over.

We took the squaresail down off yardarm after lunch and the rips were sewn and the sail bent on again all in one afternoon.

Weather seems to be trying to clear·, but I’m afraid it’s more rain tonight – damnit. Our watch is now known as the “Collapsible Watch” because of our tendency to pop right off to sleep. Slept two and a half hours this afternoon just in case I can’t on watch.