July 29. Calm, lovely, sunny day. 50oF in the shade; warm in the sun; the water smooth, with streaks; ruffled, like an alpine lake; mostly glassy, stirred with irregular breaths of air. Ice visible about noon, near post-office point. Fine-grained, hazy, luminous mist about the horizon. A few gulls and ducks. Sun barely dipped beneath the horizon. Curiously modeled by refraction; bars dividing in sections always horizontal. Ducks flying at midnight. July 30. Another glassy, calm day, all sunshine from midnight to midnight. Kotzebue’s gull, the Pacific Kittiwake, about the ship; no seals or walrus. Herald Island came in sight about 1 o’clock. At a distance from the island of 8 to 10 miles we reached the ice, but made our way through it, as it was mostly light and had openings here and there. But we suffered some hard bumps; pushed slowly and go close alongside, much to the satisfaction of the crew. After
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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