and there. Few gulls and porpoises. Toward the noon sky half clear overhead. White wispy cirrus, dark bloody nimbus around horizon. No rain reached us. Warmer. N.E. wind light. Grand New Year Dance kept up hours before midnight. Jan. 1, 1912. Sky seemingly cloudless, save a few cottony tufts on thin mellow haze. No birds or fishes, as wew are now far from land. At 3:00 P.M. almost clear overhead. Brilliant swath of spangles. A few clouds taking definite form as if getting ready for sunset. Black, sooty sundown as usual. Yellowish glow for half an hour before the disc sank beneath the sea line. Jan. 2. Cloudy. Warm rain falling here and there, near the horizon. Still wondrous calm. Warmer of course now that we are within three and a half degrees of the equator. Bright towards noon, from sunbeams pouring through between well-formed cumuli. Sun a coppery globe an hour or so before vanishing in sooty horizon clouds. Jan 3. Heavy massive clouds, dark, with white, fluffy edges, dazzling glowing, under the sun about 8:00 A.M. Rain from 8:30 to 9:00 A.M. Wild show in honor of Neptune, while crossing the line. Irreverent baptisms by sham priest, etc. Dancing to music by the band.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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