'He gave similar evidence to the other witness about the boat rolling in the Bay of Biscay. The Waratah could not ride heavy seas, and the engines shook the vessel so much that the gear of the aftermast became loosened.'
If this is to be believed there might be a further force exerted on the Waratah's hull in rough seas. Perhaps compromised rivets snapped due to the shaking described, adding a further weak link in the chain of circumstances leading to the catastrophe.
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