after constant starless day for months. The absence of stars and night with their change and tranquil repose is far from desirable, although well calculated for exploration. Aug 22. Dismal gray day, with rain and fog and head wind. Groping our way since 9 o’clock last night through the straits between the Diomedes and E. Cape and down the coast toward Plover Bay. Have not yet seen land nor obtained a sight of the sun, running in the fog by the lead-line and dead reckoning. Stopped this forenoon to adjust engine. Hope to get into Plover Bay tomorrow A.M. A few birds seen flying through the fog to the larger Diomede last night. How they know their course under these conditions is truly marvelous. Aug 23. Dismal gray day, high, sloppy, foggy wind, tossing about somewhere off Indian Pt. towards St. Lawrence Island as near as can be made out by dead reckoning and guessing the action of the current. A few gulls,
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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