Half the sky was chequered with black thunderheads, but all the west was luminous and clear: in the lightning flashes it looked like deep blue water
, with the sheen of moonlight on it; and the mottled part of the sky was like marble pavement, like the quay of some splendid seacoast city, doomed to destruction.
It seemed that somewhat late on the afternoon of the day previous, while three of the stranger's boats were engaged with a shoal of whales, which had led them some four or five miles from the ship; and while they were yet in swift chase to windward, the white hump and head of Moby Dick had suddenly loomed up out of the blue water
, not very far to leeward; whereupon, the fourth rigged boat --a reserved one --had been instantly lowered in chase.
It almost seems as though the captain had been seized with some kind of mania before he had got well into blue water
, and that this had developed persistently throughout the voyage.
Well, Ned, it isn't exactly like going up in an airship," and Tom Swift who was gazing over the rail down into the deep blue water
of the Caribbean Sea, over which their vessel was then steaming, looked at his chum beside him.
The rest of us had nothing to do but look at the beautiful city of Beirout, with its bright, new houses nestled among a wilderness of green shrubbery spread abroad over an upland that sloped gently down to the sea; and also at the mountains of Lebanon that environ it; and likewise to bathe in the transparent blue water
that rolled its billows about the ship (we did not know there were sharks there.
I wish we could see it Smallways; a square fight in blue water
, guns or nothing, and all of 'em steaming ahead
It was a wedge of rock sticking out into the bay, thatched with vines, and with the rummiest old house on the very edge of all, a devil of a height above the sea: you might have sat at the windows and dropped your Sullivan-ends plumb into blue water
a hundred and fifty feet below.
It was twelve o'clock noon, and a breezy, cloudless day; the ascent was gradual, and the glimpses, from under the curtaining boughs, of blue water
, and tiny sailboats, and beetling cliffs, were as charming as glimpses of dreamland.
First: The mariner, when drawing nigh the coasts of foreign lands, if by night he hear the roar of breakers, starts to vigilance, and feels just enough of trepidation to sharpen all his faculties; but under precisely similar circumstances, let him be called from his hammock to view his ship sailing through a midnight sea of milky whiteness --as if from encircling headlands shoals of combed white bears were swimming round him, then he feels a silent, superstitious dread; the shrouded phantom of the whitened waters is horrible to him as a real ghost; in vain the lead assures him he is still off soundings; heart and helm they both go down; he never rests till blue water
is under him again.
As the sail bellied out with the wind, the ship flew through the deep blue water
, and the foam hissed against her bows as she sped onward.
Harvey, Dan, and the others stood back, winking one to the other and full of joy; but Disko and Salters wrangled seriously till evening, Salters arguing that a cattle-boat was practically a barn on blue water
, and Disko insisting that, even if this were the case, decency and fisher-pride demanded that he should have kept "things sep'rate.
I was a passenger on board a packet-boat, sir, when first I saw blue water