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Journal of a Seaplane Cruise Around The World
Part Three: Asia

Wednesday, October 31

Karachi to Bombay

An enforced delay. The weather shut down with great violence over the south portion of the Indian Peninsula, and then extended up both coasts so that we are bound here for some days. It is just as well that we did not attempt to proceed southward on Saturday, because to allk appearances the Northeast Moonsoon has settled upon Ceylon and is working its way gradually up the Bay of Bengal. There has been a fearful storm raging off Konkan, with high winds and rainfall of a quarter inch to four inches throughout southern India. The plane is well moored and under constant watch by the Navy, and every few hours during the day a messager hunts me up to deliver the latest weather report, including special forecasts from Poona regarding the flying routes from Bombay to Cocanada, and Bombay to Allahabad. We have definitely given up the plan to follow the coast to Beipur, Colombo, Madras and Cocanada because of the monsoon. There are only two choices remaining, both of them involving long overland-flights. If the weather clears temporarily on the east coast it will be it will be possible to reach Cocanada with about 800 miles of overland flying. If, however, the seasonal disturbance continues to make conditions bad along the Bengal coast, we shall have to make a more extended flight of over 700 miles to reach the Ganges river at Allahabad. Either way the prospect is unpleasant, but we must accept it or else ship the plane.

We have done a certain amount of work on the engine. Bob discovered a small gasoline leak from the engine pump and it proved to be a devilish job to remove the cap (the threads of which were stripped) and replace it lwith a now one made up in the machine shop of the Stoker's Training School. In fact it could not be done until Bod had had a special wrench made up in one of the bazaars. I have spent some time in a jewelry shop cutting up and tempering some new magneto springs, and cannot understand why the engine continues to sputter, for I have got the tension as close to the other magneto as one could ask. I wish I knew more about its construction. We have suspected all along that the trouble may lie in the ground wire which runs from the magneto to the switch, but the switch itself is in perfect condition and the ohmeter has repeatedly shown no defect at all in the shielded wire.

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