Very still and silent on board, bland, dreamy, restful days. December 12th Temperature 9:00 A.M. 76°. Wind fresh from northwest. White caps common. Many flying fish glinting silvery from wave to wave. Few passengers on deck as yet. Rain here and there in narrow showers darkening the horizon. Dull mixed clouds, smothered sunset. December 13th Temperature at 4:30 A.M. 72°. Rather stiff head wind, ship heaving enough to disturb poor sailors. Very quite being Sunday. No games. Temperature nearly all day steady at 72°, 73° short time about noon. Dull sunset. A few showers as usual from mixed clouds. December 14th Temperature 71°, a temperature lower than since Petersburg days of early July. Silvery haze about horizon at base of rainy-looking clouds. Very few white caps, but heavy swell. The day brighter than usual, no showers. Clear, starry night, the Southern Cross near the horizon in Milky Way soon after dark. Not very striking constellation. December 15th Temperature at 6:00 A.M. 68°, surprisingly cool, wind steady from southwest, few white caps. Clouds muddy looking covering half sky, perhaps shower to windward. 11:00 A.M. Temperature 69°30'. Clouds less than 5/100, a few albatross-like birds, narrow-winged low-flying, skimming the waves. 2:00 P.M. Temperature 69 ½°, slight shower. At 6:00 P.M. 66 1/2° (cold, sky nearly clear.)
Original journal dimensions: 11 x 16.5 cm.
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