The cloud cover and dark water emphasize the band of light and skyline giving the composition a very horizontal feel. With camera settings and post processing, you made the best of the opportunity you had.
I was in the Maritimes last week, helping preparations for next season's Canadian orienteering champs. A busy week and lots of rain limited photography opportunities - but the grey clouds did produce this fairly horizontal image. Hand-held, on a vibrating ferry means it ain't as sharp as we'd like so had to resort to heavy post processing and adding grain to camouflage the blur ;-)
Note for history buffs - this is the site of the largest man-made explosion ever until the atom-bomb. An accidental war-time collision between two ships, one loaded with ammunition, instantly killed 1,600 people and flattened the town for about 1,000 metres in all directions.