Tuesday, 16 June 2015


Examiner (Launceston) Friday 14 January 1910
(to the Editor)
'Of course, I must admit that if the report of the captain of the Harlow canbe relied upon, it considerably discountsmy opinion that she foundered in thehurricane. He says he distinctly sawthe two masthead lights of a steamer,also the red port light, and that shewas fast overhauling him, when an explosion took place, and after that nothing was to be seen. 
If his statement is worth anything, then it must havebeen the Waratah. Anyhow, it onlyemphasises the importance of searchingthe bottom of the ocean where I at firstsuggested, and we now have it from thecaptain of the Harlow that such a searchis quite practicable, and he recommends that it be tried.
When we consider the appliances nowavailable for exploring the ocean's bed,it seems very strange no systematicattempt has been made to locate theWaratah where there is every probabilityshe is resting. 

(Was this the only man to question the lack of action??)

I do not think so much wreckage always comesto the surface when a vessel foundersas most people imagine. The writerwas once standing by with the othermembers of the crew watching a 100ton schooner which we had had to abandon take the final plunge. Not even a hatch came to the surface, nor did the harness or water casks - which were on deck - break away from their lashings and come up. In fact, many an article we expected to see had not arrived at the surface when we started for the nearest land.'
Well, there you have it from the mouth of a mariner who witnessed a vessel go down without a trace!

                                                Helsingfors sinking

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