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Not meant to disagree with you... but just to add to your thoughts
Yes that can be true.
I've been on more that a few active duty ships and up close a fresh coat of paint looks very blue gray (Ref USS Dewey - DDG-105 freshly painted 5" mount):
I've also been on ships where the weathered paint seems to have faded to a more neutral gray tone in person up close - but father away it seems blue gray tone. It is interesting to see the tonal qualities seem to be a bit different depending on when the ship was painted.
What you are seeing is a reflection of water/atmosphere. Ships always look like they have a blue tint to them, but when you see them in person, no - it's grey and the farther you get from it, it takes on a blue tint.
The same thing got me when I painted my Royal Navy ships Gull Grey. I was sure that was the color after watching the 45 episode series Warship multiple time, but it's not. It's light Weatherworks grey, which is a slightly lighter version of Haze Grey.
When was modern haze gray introduced into the fleet after the war?
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