Tim, may I please suggest at least to learn the correct spelling of phenomena you are talking about before you do? Aaron has never seen Fata Brumosa and maybe does not even know what it is.Mila, Aaron is of course merely pointing out that there was enough light that night to see the Fata Bromosa at the horizon
I took this image of Fata Brumosa on a sunny day with a zoom lens. There are no long beam of light getting towards me and as soon as the sun set it was indistinguishable.
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In fact, I took this image from the same place and just an hour or so later
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I was no longer able to see the Fata Brumosa, but I did capture a long beam of light (Venus glitter), and it is probably what Beesley saw. Only for him the night was much darker, and there was no light pollution.
And what exactly gave you a reason to believe this, Tim, if I may ask, please.Secondly, I believe your images show exactly what they saw in a thin band all around the horizon that night, and which Symons and the Marengo were describing. As Aaron eloquently pointed out, there was enough starlight that night to be able to see the miraging strip/haze on the horizon.
Nobody of your witnesses even used the word "strip".
Here's what Symons said:
"Pretty clear, Sir, a fine night, rather hazy; if anything a little hazy on the horizon, but nothing to speak of" .
He saw a very common hazy horizon and nothing else.
Please, Tim, do not put the words in their mouths. You may say that sometimes mirages are associated with a narrow strip of haze at the horizon. You may say that witnesses described some haze, but please do not say they saw miraged strips!
BTW I found Jessop's (Titanic's survivor) weather observations: https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/j.1477-8696.2000.tb04034.x
So as you see the survivor describes "deepening into haziness" and not a miraged strip, the survivor describes "floating mist" (probably sea smoke) and not a miraged strip, and he describes "soft beams" [reflection of stars] and not Fata Brumosa.“[Evening 14 April 19 121 : Greyish skies replaced sunshine . . . calm sea . . . Perfect serenity for miles . . . grey sky, deepening into haziness as evening fell, made the water look like molten silver as it caught the soft beams of [brilliant starlight] .”
After a night [14/15 April 19121 of calm sea and floating mists, the wind rose to an icy keenness, cutting through our numbed bodies .