You and Sam really don't read the evidence...or should i say, selectively read the evidence.It depends. If the steamer traveled from around East to SSE in 30 minutes and she was at first 12 miles away and then 6 miles away it means she traveled around 10.5 miles. What other steamer could have traveled 10.5 miles in 30 minutes?
So you know agree that there was no constant rate of swinging?
The vessel was approaching Californian's starboard quarter showing a red light and two whitemasthead lights. here is how Groves described it:
"8179. Could you see much of her length? A: - No, not a great deal; because as I could judge she was coming up obliquely to us.
8180. She was foreshortened? A: - Supposing we were heading this way she would be coming up in this way, perhaps an angle of 45 degrees to us (Demonstrating.)"
This is what he was describing: