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Greely Expedition: Day 5

Day 5: Monday, July 11th, 1881

Clear weather this A.M. Heavy sea, cloudy and light rains in the afternoon, wind blowing fresh from the North at noon veering to E.S.E. at 12 PM. All hands on deck near noon trying to get an observation of the Sun to determine the Lat. and Longitude of the ship but failed to do so on account of the clouds. The nights are now very short in this lat. being not more than 3 hours, not dark until 11 PM, and daylight again at 2 AM.

Mr. Israel and myself endeavored to obtain a simultaneous observation of two stars but failed on account of the great motion of the ship, no one being able to keep an upright position on their feet, without great trouble, the Sea being very rough.

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