enormous masses of ice that seemed never to have moved as yet by any storm that has beat against them, before we were forced to the conclusion that all efforts hereabouts for the present would be vain. We therefore turned back with difficulty and steamed along the edge of the pack northward and eastward. We found the ice more promising after a few hours’ run, showing traces f having been well crushed and pounded along the edges, and enabling us to bear gradually in towards the land, until at 5:30 we were again brought to a standstill against heavy ice, but this time within, say, 5 miles of the shore. We now feel pretty confident of success in making a landing on this mysterious country and surveying it more or less and learning whether the Jeanette effected a landing here, etc. The fog was gradually settling down when we neared the shore, and concluded to wait until tomorrow morning ere we attempted to make the shore over the ice with our skin boat, especially as we had been up and doing since 1:30 A.M. Neither was it quite safe to venture from the vessel, which would probably be carried some distance in the drift while out of site.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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