They saw the haze 10 minutes before the collision, not 2 hours.
But back to Marengo. You do not believe Dr. Lee that she was nowhere close to the wreck site?
The Marengo was not close to the wreck, but she did approach and pass underneath the huge ice field which I assume played some part in the optical illusion owing to the vast temperature difference inside and outside the field, and the proximity of the Marengo as she approached made the refraction grow greater and greater as they came closer and closer to the ice field.
The haze on the horizon was seen by lookout Symons who was on duty from 8pm - 10pm.
Letter from George Symons to the Wreck Commissionaire's office.
"I remember that although it was a star light night and clear overhead that there was a slight low lying haze on the horizon which some what obstructed the view of the skyline and this to the best of my recollection was so during the time I was on watch. At 10 o'clock Jewell and myself were relieved by Fleet and Lee."
Reginald Lee said the haze was visible at 10pm and it progressively got worse and worse as they approached the ice field and struck the iceberg.
Q - Did you notice this haze which you said extended on the horizon when you first came on the look-out, or did it come later?
A - It was not so distinct then, not to be noticed. You did not really notice it then, not on going on watch, but we had all our work cut out to pierce through it just after we started. My mate happened to pass the remark to me. He said, "Well; if we can see through that we will be lucky." That was when we began to notice there was a haze on the water. There was nothing in sight.