Monday, 15 June 2015

Waratah - Lunds claim the Waratah could not have blown up.

Chronicle (Adelaide) Saturday 25 September 1909
September 21.
Relative to the report of the Harrison liner Harlow, on arrival at Manila, that the vessel had passed, on July 27, 180 miles (probably about 150 miles) from Durban, a steamer afire, which afterward blew up, representatives of the Lund line state that there was nothing particularly inflammable in the Waratah's cargo, which consisted chiefly of frozen carcasses and flour. They do not believe that the vessel sighted by the Hariow could have been the Waratah.

It is clear from various sources and reports that the 'large steamer' astern of the Harlow did not explode, for the simple reason that no sound of an explosion was heard and the prevailing wind was blowing from the direction of the 'large steamer' towards the Harlow, less than 4 miles distant.
However, it is very interesting that the Lunds immediately refuted this report by claiming that there was nothing flammable on the Waratah. This is pure nonsense, because there can be a number of sources of explosions from boilers to coal dust in bunkers. 
All the main players had their eye on one ball - the Waratah must, at all cost, have been lost in the storm of exceptional violence = no culpability.


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