The Mercury (Hobart) Tuesday 19 April 1910 Captain James Kingsley Cooper, coalingsuperintendent for the Melbourne Steam-ship Co. states that 100 tons of bunkercoals were loaded into the forward section of the bunker hatch on the boat deckforward of the funnel, filling it to within2ft. or 8ft. of the top of the bunkerhatch combings. The vessel was uprightwhen she left. Irrespective of whether there were coal loading ports at other sites on the Waratah, the port fore of the funnel on the boat deck was used both at Melbourne and Durban. In fact Mrs. Hay remarked that they would have to stay in a hotel at Durban because of the noisy, smelly, messy loading of coal from the bridge deck.