The boat shows signs of accident and they lady who is standing there she is quite old. She has some clothes that shows her age and also her wig. It looks like wig because human hair cannot be, so... so covered on the head. She is looking at probably the place before the accident.
Captain Mallory just now found something that is indecisive and her wig is in the right way. It is sunny outside, and the weather is coming from the southwest.
More sunny weather, and the boat is heading south, it is going to be heading in the proper direction, which is southwest.