Thursday, 12 December 2013

WHY THE WRECK HAS REMAINED HIDDEN.

FATE OF THE WARATAH.

Adrift (or)
Suggested Quicksand.

"Speculation as to the fate of the
Waratah has not been allayed by the
fact of her having been posted missing
at Lloyd's."

"Many are willing to believe
she is still afloat, because, despite her
long absence, not a trace of her  wreckage
has been found."

"There are two theories which can
be advanced to account for the non
discovery of wreckage, said a gentleman
who was among the passengers
of the Waratah on her last voyage to
South Africa:

"Either she is still afloat, aimlessly drifting towards the
West Australian coast, or she has
gone down in such circumstances as
would prevent wreckage being washed
ashore."

"A mariner of long experience
whom I met at Port Elizabeth made a
statement which has an important
bearing on the question. He said that
there were many indications that the
Agulhas bank, which extends for some
distance from the south-eastern and
southern coast of Cape Colony is a
quicksand."

"If this be the case it
would swallow up the remains of any
wreck that occurred in its immediate
vicinity, and no trace of the disaster
would remain to show what had
occurred."

This revelation might be part of the explanation why no trace of the Waratah has been found after extensive modern day searches. Large volumes of silt are deposited off the Umzimvubu River mouth into the bay at Port St Johns (Cape Hermes). The wreck of the Waratah could have disappeared without a trace under this unstable 'quicksand'.










quicksand 



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