I was in error.
The other ship was not moving at all. It was the motion of our ship, its momentum, that created the impression in my mind that the other vessel was approaching. The Captain saw it right off.
And he also slowed our approach to better evaluate what we were getting ourselves into.
The bloody morass still lay off in the distance on our right. And it now appeared that we had a similar phenomenon far to our left. Was the way ahead the only channel through to our destination?
The Captain decided to press on. Perhaps our answer lies with the becalmed ship.
The Captain has ordered all hands on the alert, both day and night crews.