If the Harlow account and the above image is true there is a further piece of evidence which could support the claim. Captain Bruce noted at 8 pm, 27 July, the wind was blowing from the direction of Waratah, carrying smoke towards the position of the Harlow. Once this smoke had cleared after the flashes of light, the masthead lights and red side light vanished, suggesting that the smoke originated from Waratah and not from shore because the production of smoke ceased after the Waratah plunged into the depths.
We know that weather conditions off Cape Hermes, 8 pm, 27 July, were relatively calm and although a frontal storm of exceptional violence was approaching from the southwest, it had not yet reached Cape Hermes. Just prior to a cold front storm moving over an area in the Southern Hemisphere the wind direction is predominantly northwesterly, which confirms Captain Bruce's claim. When the front hits winds become gusty and shifting, and once the front passes, the predominant wind direction reverts to southwesterly.