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Notes written by Oskar Speck relating to his voyage

Date: 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Copyright: © Australian National Maritime Museum
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Record
Object No: ANMS0533[011]

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    • Ambon, 30.11.37 Description of journey from Saumlaki to Ambon. We left Saumlaki on the 24th. The [illegible] of [illegible] is easy for a collapsible boat to travel along. Many bays. Around 2 o'clock we met a sailing boat. Van Closten greeted the people. A few minutes later another boat. People informed us that the people in the other boat were robbers. They asked us to follow these people. The word was we didn't have time. Then we came across another 4 boats, all following the robbers. One of the boats even [illegible] the Dutch flag. But we continued. It was a real pity and I can very well understand that the natives had given up any hope of justice. Even P Willems was very despondent about the incident. In [illegible] we had another little incident. A [illegible] was brought back from goal. The people had all arrived to receive him. This guy can neither read nor write and yet he uses the Bible in order to pray for people to get well. The next morning the white steamer arrived. We didn't leave until 10 o'clock. A military band was on board and it arrived on shore with music. Some of the musicians fell into the water.
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