March 14. At Hotel packing. Letter writing, etc. Fine day. The beautiful blue bay sparkling in the sunbeams. March 15. Go aboard the Kaiserin Augusta Victoria at 2:00 P.M. Conducted most kindly by Mr. Toplas, who also planned all my excursions about Naples. March 16. Cloudy, breezy, cold. Sailed past the north end of Sardinia. Mountains glaciated. March 17. Cold, clear, sailing close along the mountainous coast of Spain, which shows glaciated features, very clearly. March 18. Arrived at Gibralter at 6:00 A.M. Sailed at 1:00 P.M. Beautiful Algeria Bay. March 19. Moderate head wind. Cool, clear or half-cloudy. March 20. Cloudy. Stiff East wind. Cold. Temperature 50 and 55 Deg. Long heavy wave. Our big ship pitching. March 21. High East Wind. Sea rough. Foamy. Sunbeams streaming through chinks in the clouds and falling with glorious effect on the reflecting side of the large waves. March 22. Very high head wind. Ship pitching and staggering. Cold gloomy day. Wild sea; foamy; tossing spray. March 23. Dark and rainy. High head wind. March 24. Storm wilder than ever. Weltering interfering waves; up-leaping snowy pillars of foam,
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 17 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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