Feb. 29. Arrived at Aden, at 10:30 A.M. Wonderfully sculptured sharp-pointed crennaleted peaks. Barren. Low ground in the distance ahead, with palm groves on Arabian Coast. Fine sunset. March 1. In the Red Sea. Left Aden about 3:00 P.M. Passed Babelmandeb Straits in the night. Fine bright morning. No land visible. About noon passed a dozen islands, called the Twelve Apostles; some mere rocks; all of them in line, trending with the long narrow sea. They are plain and bold in sculpture, constrasting the sharp-pointed crumbling down-draggled mountains about Aden. Parts of a ridge, perhaps degraded by glacial action. March 2. Cloudy. Clear towards noon, with brisk east wind, causing fall of temperature so great as to call for heavy clothing. A flock of seventy-five swans or herons followed the ship for a mile or more close
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
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