sailer, and a splendid sea-boat: so we still kept on beautifully, though it was slightly humid.
Just as we were about to anchor, before reaching the mud-flats, we lost the way; for the spray flew so that we could not see, and the first thing we knew we were driven about four hundred yards up on one of the aforesaid flats, and rather halted.
Nothing could be done: so we turned in as best we could, and waited for morning.
When morning came, there was not an inch of water within three hundred yards,--could not even float the skiff.
A sand island some six hundred yards off was the nearest dry place, and in walking to it you would sink over the knee in mud. In that delightful place my boat remained about ten days. After the first three, I went on board the Government
steamer at Aranzas, some four miles off, and went to work at the bar in her whale-boat.
When I got through, I found there was no use in waiting for the water to rise: so I took the steamer's crew and dug a canal, through which, after two days hard work, we floated the Alice
into deep water.
I then at once ran down, by the outside passage, the Gulf
, to Corpus Christi Pass, satisfied myself very quickly of its utter worthlessness, and came here, with flying colors, yesterday.
I have finished this harbor and its two passes: by the end of the month I shall have completed the Brazos
survey, and will then run up towards Indianola
, finishing the inland channel and the San Antonio
and Guadalupe Rivers
by the end of April, if I have any thing like ordinary good luck.
In May I shall finish Paso Cavallo Harbor, ”