Monday, 22 June 2015

Waratah - 'big prize' to find her.

THE MISSING WARATAH.
ABANDONMENT OF OFFICIAL
SEARCH.
ADMIRALTY EXPLAIN.
The Argus (Melbourne) Wednesday 01 September 1909
LONDON, Aug. 30.
In reply to Mr. Deakin's inquiry as towhether a further search for the steamerWaratah is possible, the Admiralty officialsstate that it is improbable that the Admiralty Board would sanction the continued employment of war-ships, which would mean the suspension of the ordinary station work for long time. 
The Admiralty had consulted the commander of the Cape squadron, who had replied, that the area considered by the official hydographer as most probably containing the Waratah, if afloat, was now being closely searched by vessels going to Australia. Since July 25, fifteen vessels had sailed from Cape Town, and, it is contended, that the salvage offers a big prize for which to search.
Under the circumstances, the officialscannot recommend any further search bywar-ships.
And so it was.....
                                               HMS Viscount

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