2 Took the inside passage between shore & river rocks. A lone range of islet on wh [which] many a ship has been wrecked & ground. The breakers from the deep Pacific [drives] by the gale made a glorious display of foam on these bald islet rocks leaping in sublime curving sheets jagged edged & flame shaped over the tops of some of these a 100 ft high or more. The [gestures] of the waves as they dashed & the grand [up] springing & overarching of the white purple tinged foam were as calm & peaceful & graceful combined with the tremendous display of power a truly glorious show. Noticed many small villages on the green grassy slopes lying between the timbered mtns & shore. Long Branch makes quite a show of new houses along 3 the beach N of mouth of Columbia Entering the strait of Fuca the seasick passengers began to appear on deck, many of whom,most, have been invisible since the day of the gale. June 17 Arrive at Victoria early on rainy morning. At Port Townsend in the afternoon. Had pleasant company on Puebla. Sat at the Chief Engineers table, who is a good & merry chatter. An old lawyer who has office in S. F. & ranch in Petaluma, rather stiff & dignified. Knew Dr. [Strentzel]. 3 ladies opposed to pitching of the ship & absent from table greater part of [ ]. My best talker I found is an old Scandinaviian sea captain who in having a new [bark] built at Port [Blakely]. An interesting old salt, [sawing] of the brine, bluff
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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