Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Waratah - Wakefield 4 month search.

The Argus (Melbourne) Saturday 25 June 1910
"NO NEWS."
WARATAH LEAVES NO TRACE,
WAKEFIELD'S FRUITLESS
SEARCH.
AN ADVENTUROUS CRUISE.
(By our special reporter.)
"Steamer, yellow funnel, with red bands,off the Otway."
There was nothing particularly startlingin the message signalled from Point Lons-dale to the pilot steamer Victorla outsidethe Heads yesterday morning, but to thewatchers on the Victoria it told that theirwaiting for the steamer Wakefield was atan end. The Wakefield has been fourmonths searching for the missing Waratah,and the Victoria has been four days waitingfor the Wakefield.
The search steamer hove in sight far offthe Heads shortly after 2 o'clock. By 3o'clock a boat from the pilot steamer hadmade fast to her side.
"Any news of the Waratah?" shouted aman from the Wakefield's deck. .
"No; have you?" was the answer andcounter query.
"No news." This time the message carriedfrom the Wakefield's bridge.
In those two words was summarised thestory of the Wakoficld's search. "We havebeen out 4 months," Lieutenant Seymour,the naval officer on the search steamer,supplemented later on, "and we haven'tseen any sign of the Waratah or the slightesttrace of any wreckage."


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