Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
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Clear weather, good visibility, early morning hours, no land, buoys, or other obstructions for miles....
Here's my bet: somebody, or somebodies, were below, off the bridge, and/or fell asleep while the boat/ship was on autopilot.
Can't think of any other reasonable explanation, except that the autopilot may have been thrown off by the huge mass of steel nearby...sometimes happens...but even if it did the watchkeeper, if awake, present, quick and competent, should have been able to disengage it.