determine. The top of the mountain it is on was covered with cloud. Hope to get a better view hereafter. These people had a fish net when we landed and one carried an axe, probably to kill walruses, another a seal spear, all of which hunting and fishing they could give some attention to while others looked after the deer. Aug 9. Dull, rainy, fair wind. Going straight W.ward under sail. Sighted the ice about 10 A.M. and hove to awaiting clear weather. We are now (11 P.M.) about 22 miles from Wrangel Land. Temp 42 to 45. A large bear came swimming through the drizzle and gloom and heavy heaving waves toward the ship, doubtless guided by scent. He was greeted with a volley of rifle balls, no one of which injured him, and as we were not under steam could not pursue him, fortunately.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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