Paul Lee wrote:
I don't see how they could identify what ship it was shortly after 4 AM when Stewart got his eye's adjusted to the dark other than what was described. I see no reason to lie. It was still too dark to define the horizon at that time. At that time the Mount Temple would have been close to where she finally came to a stop between 4:30 and 4:45. We know from Moore she was proceeding slowly from about 3:30 onward. By about 4 AM the Carpathia had maneuvered to pick up Boxhall's boat to leeward on her starboard side first having to port around an iceberg (see Rostron). Neither the Carpathia nor the Californian would have particularly noticed each other because of the way they were pointing. They were essentially facing each other stern to stern hull down, and mast lights and sidelights would have been shut out. Stern lights would have been right near the level of the horizon and not stand out conspicuously from the background stars.