Tuesday, 31 March 2015



"In some quarters it has been expressed that the disposition
of the coal loaded at Durban has had something to do with 
the non-arrival of the Waratah, to put it bluntly coal placed 
on the spar deck bunker and so upsetting the centre of gravity 
that when she listed in the seaway she turned turtle." 

"When spoken to at the Port Adelaide
people well acquainted with the ship and
the principles on which she is loaded and
coaled RIDICULED the suggestion.'

"When she left Port Adelaide the Waratah had
2 200 tons of coal on board, and arriving at
Durban she would ship about the same
quantity (actually 1929 tons), allowing for the fact that
some of the Port Adelaide coal had not been
burnt, she would have about 2000 tons of
coal on board."

"When she left the Natal port at Durban 
she landed only 200 tons of cargo,
so if anything she would be stiffer than
when she left Australia."

"Where would the coal most likely be

"It was in the bunkers which are all
below the main deck."

"The Waratah took on 1,000 tons of loose
coal at Port Adelaide, which was placed in the bottom
of the hold when the ship left Port Adelaide
for the eastern states, in continuation of her
voyage for London it would increase
her steadiness, and add to her stability "

"Was there any indication of unseaworthiness
when she left from the outer harbour walls?"

"On the contrary she must have been in
splendid form. She made the trip to Durban
in 18 days, which is a record for the
trip "

Consuming 15 tons of additional coal per day. Was it Captain Ilbery anxious to get home or pressure from the owners to make impressive passage times?? 

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