T. Cook and son; J. H. de Bussy,
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158 KONINKLIJKE PAKETVAART M A ATSCH APPI J.
This river rushes through a gap in the high coast mountains, and its narrow, funnel-shaped mouth forms the harbour. We can see the precipitous mountain-ribs, all of wThich resemble one another, rise side by side out of the sea. In a westerly direction the appearance of the regular promontories is particularly remarkable. As far as grandeur of scenery is concerned, the approach to Gorontalo exceeds in beauty everything we have hitherto seen.
The mouth of the river is deep, and the current so strong that anchorage is very difficult. The place to anchor at is on the left (east) bank, at a little distance from the pier, where the boat, however, cannot moor. At night a small lighthouse shows the road to this harbour. This lighthouse and the one at Macassar are the only coast lights the Government have on the island of Celebes. There is, however, a scheme on foot to build a pier with a landingstage on the right bank, near the Pabean bank. To reach the footpath to Gorontalo, it is necessary to land at the pier, to walk along a narrow path through the fishing village Liato, and to climb the mountain-side. It is easier, however, to be ferried across, by means of a proa (here called a bloto), to the right bank (pabean), where the commercial firm called aHandelsvereeniging Gorontalo" is situated.
If, however, we have acquainted the agent of the Packet Company beforehand of our arrival by post, from Kwandang, he will, no doubt, be kind enough to have a conveyance waiting for us at the Pabean, that will take us in a few minutes along a good road to the little town. En route we pass over a
wooden bridge across the river Tapa, where
anchor-place at gorontalo.