He says they had, at this "small" port, an "native" policeman stationed on board. He describes the uniform as including a turban and lots of brass buttons. For any others researching this particular ship/area, he notes that regulation uniform dictates white shorts and white knee socks, which some of the men aren't very keen on. He says it was so hot, they slept on deck and were "like a sieve" for all the injections for "plague".
I'm trying to figure out if he was on the AMERICAN FARMER when it collided with the WILLIAM RIDDLE a year later. A story survived that he spent many hours in a lifeboat, because he thought a ship would sink, but then he and some others made propeller repairs and then they climbed back in and limped back to a port. I can't imagine which ship this was. Ancestry does not seem to list the manifest for that sailing. I'm trying to find log books or some data for the ships he served on, the SS SEA NYMPH in the Atlantic in 1944, and the SS CAPE MAY in the Pacific in 1943. There was also the SS EUFALA VICTORY in 1945.