National Geographic : 1959 Dec
Yankee Runs Aground in the Murky Sepik The brigantine cruised 150 miles up this New Guinea river, where crewmen met villagers, missionaries, and crocodile hunters. Enor mous ants tried in vain to stow away, but thousands of hungry mosquitoes accom plished the boarding. Here, returning downstream, the ship lies hard aground on a shoal. Crew members man aged to rock Yankee free by running from one side of the deck to the other. Highland dandies wear parrot wings, green beetle shells bound with orchid fiber, and beads. Knitting a sweater, Electa Johnson compares skills with a Chimbu district girl, whose long needle makes knots in a net cap. nAruDRMnuc RV R CADMICAFIL SUMNER (BELOWl AND JOHN HIGGINSON © N.G.S.