National Geographic : 1928 Feb
AROUND THE WORLD IN THE "ISLANDER" THE "ISLANDER" AND THE "TASMAN"' IN NAVUA RIVER, VITI LEVU ISLAND One hundred and fifty-six members of the National Geographic Society in the Fiji Islands will read with interest of the author's visit to their archipelago. at Port Moresby. I had been spending the evening ashore with friends, enter taining them with photographs and listen ing to tales of savages and cannibals. I started for my ship at about II o'clock, thinking what a wonderful thing it was to be alive. It was a dark night and the wind was blowing a gale right off shore. I got in my skiff and rowed out in the darkness, but there was no Islander. She had gone on a cruise by herself, leav ing me on the beach with only a book of photographs under my arm! I spent a most uncomfortable night, but the next morning we found her an chored out to a reef. Apparently she had got by the reef without striking, but the anchor had hooked in the coral. When we pulled in the anchor, we found the stock broken out, which probably explains why the boat went adrift. From Port Moresby I sailed along the New Guinea shore and anchored the next day at Yule Island, in Halls Sound. It would have been a pleasure to linger in this wonderland of beautiful scenery and strange people, but I was expecting let ters at Thursday Island; so, after a few days, I sailed out of Halls Sound and stood away for the Bligh Entrance to Torres Strait. I sailed from Yule Island on July I. The day was fair, with a light wind. One wishes for good weather when passing through Torres Strait,* and at * See, also, "Geography and Some Explorers," by Joseph Conrad, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE for March, 1924.