John Muir


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lots of kelp, floated over and struck again and again, 3 times within a few ship’s lengths, Everybody startled, solemnly. Land within 2 [miles] was seen as fog lifted. Hoisted jib, got free in 15 minutes and gave the shore rather a wide berth. Steered for St. Matthew’s, but gave up attempt to find it on account of fog and steered for St. Lawrence. July 10. Grim gray fog all day with rather rough sea, rainy, deck sloppy. Had lecture on whaling by [Captain] Humphry large numbers of murres flying about the ship as if curious to see it. On St. Paul’s, myriads of pigmy auks. Many songbirds, especially Lapland long spur beautifully colored and my favorite Lincostrikta Hen darker than in the Sierra. July 11. High head wind and rather heavy sea. Began about 2 this A.M. The ship pitching a good deal, screw out of water at time, therefore had to slow down 4 to 7 [miles] per [hour]. A few whitecaps. [John] [Burroughs] sick. 12 M. the wind abating; have been steering for Plover’s Bay instead of St. Lawrence [Island] on [account] of heavy sea. Arrived at 4:30, anchored and most everybody went ashore and sauntered about the little village on the sand and gravel morain spit. Weather clear crisp cold. A boatload of Chuckchus came off The men with shaven or sheared crowns seemed familiar and [brought] back the long ago of 18 [years]. Perhaps about 50 inhabitants here in a dozen huts covered with walrus hide. The contact

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