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HgN itself the ocean panorama is very grand. It would be hard to exaggerate the beauty tM of both sea and sky, especially in and near the tropics. The sky near the horizon was of pale blue, and often the clouds all round the sea line of a light pink tint, and the sea near the ship like an amethyst or the wing of some tropical bird. In those rare times when the sea was calm, the motion of the ship made it now in large sheets as of some oily liquid; or, again, like the blue steel of some polished cuirass.