[Louie Strentzel Muir]
closed then I knew that we were in the strait & made haste to get on my overcoat & get up into the Pilot house to enjoy the view of the waves. The view proved to be far wilder & exciting than I expected, Indeed I never before saw water in so hearty a storm of hissing blinding foam. It was all one leaping clashing roaring mass of white mingling with the air by means of the long hissing streamers dragged from the wave tops, & the [biting send.?] Our little vessel swept onward by the flood pouring into Behring Sea & by her machinery was being buffeted by the head gale & the huge white over combing waves that made [in margin: this has been a very grand day snow, waves, wind, mountains,]her reel & tremble though she stood it bravely & obeyed the helm as if in calm water. After proceeding about 5 or 6 miles into the heart of this grand uproar it seemed to grown yet wilder & began to bid defiance to any farther headway against it. At length when we had nearly lost our boats & in danger having our decks swept, we turned & fled for refuge before the gale the giant waves exulting in their strength seemed to be chasing us & threatening to swallow us at a gulp but we finally made our escape & were perhaps in no great danger further than the risk of losing our 4 boats & having the deck swept.01000
1881 May 16
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0550
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