Jan. 4. Cloudy and dull. Wind making whitecaps. Sun making glorious breadth of silver light and lily spangles on waves far and near, darkening toward sunset as usual. Sun with ray-less light, wading like the moon through drifting clouds. Jan. 5. Dull, sooty clouds, with white edges, covering most of the sky until toward noon. Light showers. Gloomy afternoon. No waves in bloom. Jan. 6. Heavy swells. Ship heaving. Sea glassy smooth. Big glistening waves, delicately dotted and dimpled with raindrops. Strangely streaked surface of sea in general. Beautiful cloud-glow between bars of solid black. Jan. 7. Sea heaving our ship, considerably the highest wave of the trip. Wonderful burst of sun-fire from between bars of cloud of solid dark half an hour before sundown. Jan 8. Cold enough for overcoats. Fine N.W. wind. Ship pitching. Cloudy nearly all day. Sun as usual lost in sooty clouds half hour before sunset. Wonderful fiery glow in passing behind cloud bars, a few degrees above the horizon. No clear sunset for a month.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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