against one another in exciting commotion. The water is spouting up through openings far back from the edge of the ice like geysers. Scanning the village we discovered a flag, which we took for the one belonging to our search party. Therefore we dropped anchor to wait their appearance, or for the subsidence of the waves to enable us to get on the ice and go ashore to make inquiries. In an hour or two we saw our party making their way across the ice, dragging the skin boat with them. Then we lowered a boat, approached the tumbling, wave-dashed edge of the pack, and threw a line that was made fast to the skin boat. With great difficulty and danger it was at length dragged, shoved, poled, paddled, through the midst of and over the top of the tumultuous ice margin and fairly launched. Then the steamer was easily reached and all were got on board after an absence from the ship of 3 days less than a month. More than half of their time was spent in camp at Tapkan, only 12 days in travel. They reached Cape Wankarem about 50 miles W. of Koliuchin Island, where they found 3 natives who had seen the wreck of the Vigilance and obtained from them some of the articles that
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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