Thursday, 30 July 2015

THE LETTERS SS W.........

FINDING OF WRECKAGE
IS IT FROM THE WARATAH?
LAUNCESTON, December 19.
Mr. Walker, of Flinders Island,brought to the Marine Board office to-day a piece of wreckage which wasfound on the shore of Kangaroo Islandby Mr. Harley, jun. It consisted ofthe top streak of a boat, and is of teak,with portions attached of two lowerstreaks of Baltic pine. The boat wascopper-fastened, and painted white, andhad a moulding under the top streak.There is just a portion of a name visible.It consists of the letters S.S. W., withportion of another letter, apparently anA. The wreckage was covered withbarnacles.
Most intriguing! It seems rather ironic that such wreckage was discovered on Kangaroo Island, where the Waratah was rumoured to have struck, 1908. Is it possible that sections of a boat from the Waratah drifted this far, and to this location??

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