We had been at sea for 10 hours and fierce winds and seas had come up slowing our progress today. We were nearing Crotone, our destination for the night, and were being whipped with hot sea salt spray. Looking towards Crotone, we could see several fires burning. The large fire was being put out, but another was building nearby. The smoke blended with a cloud and discolored it. The sea became painted in gold.

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