(Sketch: Looking W from Aden Anchorage. Island[s] off African Coast in Red Sea front masses deeply down, draggled and gullied distance 8 ms ? 200 ms from Aden Oct 30/03. Group of Island volcanoes E. side Red Sea 280 ms from Aden Oct 30/03) Arrived Aden 11:00 A.M. good harbor, picturesque volcanic hills and mountains marvellously jagged and spiny pinnacly around shores, mostly bare of vegetation. Very hot. Were here until 7:00 P.M. waiting the coming in of the Rome from Australia to which we are transferring. The Somali negroes a new type of monkey men, high narrow foreheads white prominent teeth, lively sparkling eyes, kinky hair, some curiously browned, rather slim men, amusingly monkey-like in gestures, said to be good boatmen. Aden is the driest most leafless forbidding town I ever saw, unmercifully hot. Yet, of considerable commercial importance. October 30th. Passed Babel-mandeb Strait about midnight.
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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