What is Buley talking about here


Paul Lee

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From the US Enquiry (talking about the lights of the mysterious steamship):

Mr. BULEY. She was stationary there for about three hours, I think, off our port, there, and when we were in the boat we all made for her, and she went by us. The northern lights are just like a searchlight, but she disappeared. That was astern of where the ship went down.

I was a bit confused when I read "northern lights", as in this day and age, it usually refers to the Aurora Borealis. I think Buley was referring to the lights of his ship - seen to the North (?). I am still unsure as to what he means by "astern of where the ship went down", as the light sre generally agreed to having been seen off the bow.

Best wishes

Paul

 

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