It required all day from about 4 A.M. to 5 P.M. to reach Plover Bay, where we now are once more at rest. Found the schooner “Golden Fleece” at anchor here and in a few minutes of our arrival a party came aboard from here, which proved to be Lieut. Ray and his staff of Signal Service on their way to Pt. Barrow to establish a station. Ten persons in all. Fine starry night, first of the season, had good view of the new comet. Aug. 25. Towed the Golden Fleece out to sea this morning, then coaled ship. Have taken 60 tons on board will take 10 more tomorrow and get water. Calm mild day, half clear. The walls of the fiord seem intensely barren and desolate like ashy cindery heaps whose slopes are measured only by the angle at which loose material of this sort will lie. Nevertheless the loose material is only skin deep, the solid rock is almost on the surface
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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