|promenade deck, Kildonan Castle.|
The Waratah's decks, according to this account were reported to be 1 ft. higher than average (above). This would almost certainly have contributed to the impression of top heaviness. But impressions are not reality.
Claude Sawyer, disembarked at Durban and continued his journey to Cape Town on the Kildonan Castle. She was used as a troop ship during the First World War, and the image above is from this period.