dhow was to have found her way

Sukhomvit

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Quoted Out of Africa by I. Dinensen

"While I was sailing home, past Lamu and Takaunga, where our dhow was to have found her way, I thought of him."


I understand that "find its way somewhere" means arrive or get somewhere (after some time). If so, may I re-word the above sentence as below:

""While I was sailing home, when our dhow was to have found her way into Lamu and Takaunga, I thought of him."

Is there anything the new sentence misses?
Thanks for your help.
 

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It looks OK if Lamu and Takaunga are bodies of water. If they're place names, use to.
 
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