The man wants to collect trepang and birds' nests on the islands.
"Almayer's Folly A Story of an Eastern River" by Joseph Conrad
Half an hour later the proa's cargo of sago and trepang, as well as a doubtful-minded compass, was in the Haliotis.
"The Day's Work, Volume 1" by Rudyard Kipling
The iron most probably had been obtained from the Malays who annually visit the gulf for trepang.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
They are also very frequently employed in the beche de mer or trepang fisheries among the islands to the south.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
The trepang were found about the rocks on the beach in great numbers, as they were also on the South Island.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
VASHON HEAD has a considerable shoal projecting from it, and extending into the bay to the westward which was called TREPANG BAY.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
There are two kinds of trepang.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis Volume 2" by Matthew Flinders
New Guinea produces good beeswax, pearls, tortoise-shell, trepang, birds-of-paradise, etc.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Grey
Their flesh diet includes wild pigs, birds, fish, and trepang.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
The trepang is a sort of sea-slug, which is dried and used by the Chinese to make soup.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston