What is Buley talking about here

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Paul Lee

Aug 11, 2003
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.

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