July 21. Rainy this forenoon, clear at night. Wind blowing hard from the S.E. and raising a heavy swell. About noon reached Icy Cape and found to our disappointment that, notwithstanding the openness of the season, our further advance northeastward was barred by the ice. After the sky began to clear somewhat, and the rain to cease falling, we observed an ice-blink stretching all around the northern horizon, for several peculiar brown and yellow band within a few degrees of the horizon. There was a dark belt beneath it, which indicated water beyond the ice. We then turned westward, tracing the loose-drift edge of the pack until 8 in the evening, when we turned again, to the east, intending to await the further movements of the ice for a few days, and especially a change of wind to blow it off shore. There is a coal-vein between here and Cape Lisburne which we will visit and mine is as much coal as possible, in case the weather permits. But as there is no shelter thereabouts, we may not be able to obtain any and in that case will be compelled to go to Plover Bay for our next supply.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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