Dec. 27. Fine cool climate here. Enjoyed sound sleep last night. Engaged passage to Capetown on Dutch East Africa steamship Windhuk. At 5:30 P.M. awaiting her arrival, but she did not appear until about 7:30 P.M. got aboard about 7:45. Was given a fine cabin on the promenade deck with door and window open to the sky. No difficulty getting aboard from the launch. Dec. 28. Calm weather. Scarce a cloud. Not a white top in sight. The little 5000 ton ship steady as if at anchor in harbor. Pleasant change from Kurakina, in food, service, bedding, etc. Dec. 29. Cloudy and wondrous calm. A few gulls. Not a wave in bloom. Dec. 30. Still cloudy and wondrous calm. Slight heaving swells. Passed two large steamers of the Castle Line, bound for England. Faster than ours by two or three knots an hour. At 5:30 P.M. Cape Verde is nearly abeam. Low brown shores; lofty white fringe of up-lashing waves on store. Lighthouse on peak. We are now nearly opposite the mouth of Senegal River in Africa. Large herds of porpoises plunging around the ship. Dec. 31. Dull leaden sky. Feels like rain. Wind from the S.W. making whitecaps here
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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