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The captain says it depends whether we arrive at 5P.M or 8P.M according to whether we encounter a certain current of 1 1/2 to 2 knots which seems some kind of an [[red underline]] eddy [[/red underline]] of the Gulf stream which rebounds from Cuba. Towards evening we had the weeded hilly shores on our port side. [[strikethrough]] and [[/striekthrough]] Abrupt slopes. and considerable surf. A few small sloops. perhaps fishing. An agglomeration of houses near some kinds of small bay. Am told it is a [[red underline]] stone quarry [[/red underline]] which did great service for the building of the [[red underline]] canal. [[/red underline]] Towards sunset we see the two jetties and beacons and light house marking entrance to Limon Bay. [[red underline]] Washington Hotel with [[/red underline]]
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splendid view on the sea seems most important building then ships, dredges, etc in the distance. Tied up near a special coaling dock where coal (stored in a middle basin in water?) and [[red underline]] fuel oil [[/red underline]] are taken in. As soon as we were tied to the pier, (well constructed but simple and with no unnecessary elaborations) connects was made with oil stores of our ship by means of a flexible 6" or 8" pipe. Am told will take only [[red underline]] three hours to fill [[/red underline]] our tanks. I notice [[red underline]] one single [[/red underline]] nigger watches the valve. What a simplification above old methods of coaling!
Almost all passengers left the dock by means of [[strikethrough]] laun [[/strikethrough]] fast launches which only take a few minutes to bring us to [[red underline]] Christobal [[red underline]] (the American town) whence it
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