daylight gone is now pale blue, beautiful after the white drumly1 milky colors of sky for a week or so. Sea covered with whitecaps. Wind with us therefore hot in berths. October 31st. Calm or slight head wind making fine breeze by ship’s 14-knot motion. Cooler this evening. Have been out of sight of land all day. Beautiful pale blue water. Tame white cloudless sky muddy and dim around horizon, dull sunset, but bright orange an hour later. November 1st. A brisk head breeze, a few clouds and cooler. Last evening slept with blanket as cover for the first time in I know not how long, except in the Himalayas. No land seen today or yesterday, except perhaps a shoal, marked by lighthouse. No redness as yet have I seen in or about the Red Gate, even sunsets but little red. Must leave ship tomorrow, the only passenger, and so feel lonely. November 2nd. Magnificent scenery in Gulf of Suez on both sides mountains, hills and plains. Old beaches (2) well preserved in places. Sky line very jagged and volcanic looking in greater part. Some of highest peaks massive. Mt. Sinai said to be visible from mouth of Gulf well inland. Expect to arrive at Suez about 4:30 P.M. Now 2:30, cool and comfortable. Arrived on time. After medical examination, etc., landed at Custom House by Company’s launch at dark, at the Fort Tewfik. No room in hotel here. Had to go by train to old Suez. Don’t know
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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