Hello again, Alex.I wonder since when you have changed your mind so drastically? Was it, when you’ve decided it will suit your allegations better?
Once again, you are correct in your observation regarding Tim Maltin's expertise. However, he had some impressive academic assistance when he wrote about his mirage theory. Andrew T. Young, an astronomer and mirage specialist at San Diego State University, helped him refine his theory.
Tim simply pushed the idea that mirage-effect was the reason why Californian seemed so close to the sinking Titanic. it was a possibility and he produced the Log Book evidence of another vessel to show that conditions of abnormal refraction were present in the area at the time. To me, his argument fell down in the fact that if mirage affected the sighting distances at the time, then every single vessel in the area would have reported it because it would have had a significant effect in what everyone supposed they were seeing. There were no such reports.
If the air temperature above the sea was near to freezing (which it was)...if the barometric pressure was very high (which it was) and if flat calm conditions prevailed (which they did)... then abnormal refraction existed. This was the reason for the "much refraction" Tim got ecstatic about. It is also a reason that Boxhall's green flares were seen at much greater distances than normal.
I have never changed my mind about anything on this subject. However, I am quite willing to listen to a constructive argument.