seeming about to leave the water altogether, one man in the stern to steer. Goodbye and goodlucks were soon said, and away they went, while the snow continued to fall and hide the land. Soon after leaving, while we watched the tossing boats and scanned the shore with reference to a landing place, we noticed three dark objects on top of a high block of ice near the edge of the pack, and just back of them on a low flat sheet a group of black dots. These proved to be three Indians with three dog teams and sleds. While hunting seals they, with their sharp eyes, had seen our ship and came to the edge of the pack to gaze, no doubt wondering what the strange steam vessel so unlike the whalers they are accustomed to see could be doing. This was a glad discovery to us, and no doubt yet more so to the party leaving the vessel, as they now were sure of guides who had local knowledge to conduct them to their village on the mainland. They found it impossible to land on the pack where they first approached it, on account of the breakers, but the Indians waving their hands directed them around a point projecting
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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