ship’s course, or in the opposite direction, occasionally scattering upward as if blasted, radiating from a center. Magnificent sunset. The forms of Chinese dragons seemed to have been gathered from these tropical sunset clouds. Dec. 21. Thin translucent gray haze. Light N.E. breeze with heaving swells. Broad swath of spangles beneath the sun after 10:00 A.M. to four or five in the afternoon. A few whitecaps at wide intervals. No birds or fishes. Sun a copper-colored globe sharply defined for an hour or so until within a half hour of the horizon, when it vanished in a formless mass of black clouds. The stars as usual came out in glorious brightness by nine or ten o’clock. Dec. 22. 6:30 A.M. Sea wondrous calm. Heaving swells without a single foam-bell. Suddenly a breeze made them all break forth in full, white bloom for a few minutes, all the sea like one vast bed of starry
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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