National Geographic : 1959 Dec
Island-hopping Cruise Led Yankee 7,000 Miles Across the Storybook Seas of Asia On this leg of her last world-gir dling voyage under the command of the Johnsons, the brigantine roamed for four months, crossing the Equa tor twice and dropping anchor in ports from New Guinea to Bali. PacificOcean. 4A * O 800 STATUTEMILESALONGEQUATOR lation of 19. The Yankee crew more than doubled the number. After Angoram we had the river mostly to ourselves, only rarely meet ing a crocodile hunter. We found these river neighbors friendly and always glad to come aboard and pass on their local knowledge of shoals. "Your draft is 112 feet?" a boatman asked. "You'll never make the next part." Children Paddle Own Canoes We could not be sure, of course. There are no charts of this river, only air maps showing an outline, and the river bottom keeps chang ing. But, weighing the different advice and making big sweeps around the outside of each bend, Irving kept going cautiously upriver. We hired a strange vessel, a thatch-roofed platform on two huge dugout logs. With an outboard motor we could now explore the coun tryside up some of the Sepik's tributaries. Kambaramba was typical of the villages we visited. Just a few miles up a side stream we came upon this community built entirely on stilts. The watery main street ran for at least half a mile. People were everywhere-on the porches of the large houses, on rafts, logs, and in canoes. All the animals and people seemed to be amphibious. Even the tiniest children had their little canoes; like the ducks and pigs, they waded and swam. It was easy to 777 (U.K. . South China Sea Indianu Ocean Banda Sea. ©N.G .S .