Tuesday, 19 May 2015

2000 TONS OF COAL ON THE BRIDGE DECK.

Northern Times (Carnarvon) Saturday 11 September, 1909
Captain Limond (of the steamer Magdala), in reply to further questions, said it was ridiculous to suppose that the vessel "turnedturtle." The statement that 2,000 tonsof coal had been loaded onto thebridge deck was equally absurd. Hesaw the Waratah taking in coal, andit was put through the "saddle back " into the hatches.

It seems that the rumours of coal above the lower decks took on highly exaggerated dimensions. 2000 tons of coal on the bridge deck would have displaced crew and passengers and rendered the Waratah incapable of shifting from the wharf without rolling over.
The 'saddle back' refers to the main coal loading hatch on the boat deck fore of the funnel.


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