Interesting, isn't it, that the headline given to YBWs report of the preliminary report on the PinkLady/Silver Yang collision majors on the 16 year-old skipper's failure to notice the ship at a range of 1 mile (how???).
But the most interesting bit of the report is
In other words, a supposedly professional officer saw a vessel that he should have expected to give way to, at a range of four miles. He watched it, closing on a steady bearing, for more than twenty minutes ... but still failed to give way. Then, only two minutes before the collision, he made a minimal alteration of course across the bow of the other vessel. And at half a minute before the collision, the only effect of his "hard-to-starboard" would be to swinging his stern to port -- sideswiping the yacht.At about 0125, Silver Yang's bridge watch keeper reported observing one green light to port, on a bearing of 345°(T) at a range of about 4 miles. He continued to monitor it and at 0148½, he altered the ship's heading by 10° to starboard, in an attempt to avoid Ella's Pink Lady. He continued to monitor the closing situation and at 0150, applied hard-to-starboard rudder in an attempt to avoid collision.