April 1. Yesterday the sea grew steadily rougher all day. At night heaving waves were breaking over upper deck with rain, wind roaring. Could not reach my stateroom on upper deck without danger of being washed overboard, so had to sleep on sofa in the Social Hall. At 2:00 P.M. dropped anchor in Moreton Bay, 30 miles or more from Brisbane. Some picturesque conical rocks on north side - several 100 feet high. Many small islands show once heavily timbered. Famous for its handsome fig used far and near for shade. Often very large and for the Moreton Bay, Pine, Araucaria, Cunninghamii. April 2. Many of passengers complaining that the tender taking mails and passengers for Brisbane were not allowed to spend the evening there. The new passengers and mail from Brisbane reached us and even got aboard at 1:00 P.M. when we started north again. Sea comparatively calm and sky mostly bright until evening when showers fell. The coast still hilly or even mountainous here and there. Pleasant to know in general way what these dimly seen forests are by having passed through them a few weeks ago. The araucarias, the grandest features.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist