alongside. Then turned off to the southward. Talking excitedly. Rising high in beautiful order. Sea dark blue; almost black. Yesterday passed through belt of reddish-yellow Alga a mile or so long and cloud-shaped masses which glowed in the sun in changing tones. Very striking. Fine hair-like tresses of delicate filament, turned up from considerable depth. March 3. Head wind. Steady and cold, coming from Europe. Heavy swelling waves. Ship pitching. Sea dark in color. The top of a rock visible. First land seen since passing the Twelve Apostles. Not a cloud in the sky. Fine bracing weather. First for many a day. At 10:00 A.M. sky half cloudy. Passed three lighthouses about 8:00 P.M. March 4. Wind abating slightly, but the temperature is still lower. Overcoats now being worn. Fine bracing sunny morning. Lofty hills and mountains on either hand. Some of them apparently metamorphic slate infinitely sculptured, in zigzag forms, others bedded in regular strata.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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