Jan. 10. Arrived about 4:30 A.M. and dropped anchor a mile or more from shore. The sunrise clouds like lace curtains. The sky greenish back of them. Of fine tones. The shore low and sandy tawny. Not a tree in sight, but fine exulting fringe of breakers and hills a thousand or two thousand feet high in the distance. The city is a shapeless drizzle of buildings, desolate looking. The rocky, hilly shores of the harbor seem to have been heavily glaciated. The altitude of Windhuk, the terminus of a railroad from this port, is said to be about 5000 feet. We have taken on board about a dozen first and second class passengers for Capetown, and a large number, 100 or more, third class, a curious assortment of negroes chiefly. We left Squakum about noon. Jan. 11. Arrived at Rudiret Bay about 8:00 A.M. The harbor is quite extensive and picturesque. The rocks very resisting but extremely barren. Not a tree in sight. Charmingly sculptured like those of Alaska bays. Grand mountains about a hundred miles inland. Took on a considerable number of passengers and left for Captetown about noon. Another ship of the same line, the cone Roosevelt sailed to Mom
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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