Monday, 24 August 2015


The Register (Adelaide) Monday 30 August, 1909

An enormous fleet of vessels is continually traversing the Indian Ocean followingdifferent routes, and if the Waratah is stillafloat she should shortly be spoken. The majority of instances the commanders have been requested to keep a strict look out for traces of the missing steamer, which sailed from Durban on July 26 and was due at Capetown on July 28. 
The Waratah may be sighted by any of the following liners: —
Geelong (Lund's Blue Anchor line), fromLondon, bound to Australia. She leftCapetown on August 12 with instructionsto make a thorough search for her sistership, and will not follow her ordinarycourse. According to her time table sheshould reach Adelaide to-day, but heragents do not expect that she will arrivehere until later.

SS Geelong

Commonwealth (Lund's Blue Anchorline), from Sydney, bound to London,sailed from Adelaide on August 5, andreached Durban last week.

SS Commonwealth (note Blue Anchor, despite P&O)

Indralema (Tyser line), from London,bound to Melbourne and Sydney, passedthe Cape of Good Hope on August 9, buther commander is probably unaware thatthe Waratah is missing.


Arawa (Shaw-Savill and Albion, Company's line), which left Capetown onAugust 13 en route from London to Wellington. The captain was requested at theCape to search for the overdue vessel.

SS Arawa

Goslar (German-Australian line), - leftAlgoa Bay on August 12, en route fromHamburg to Sydney, and is due at Melbourne on Wednesday next.

The sinking of the Goslar, 1940

Franken (Nord-Deutscher Lloyd), sailedfrom Durban on August 10 on her wayfrom Bremen to Sydney. She will firsttouch at Fremantle.

Suevic (White Star line), from London,bound to Sydney, took her departure fromCapetown on Angust 10, and is due at Albany next Friday.

SS Suevic postcard.

Duiker (new dredge, purchased by Harbour Trust Commissioners), sailed fromDurban on July 31 for Sydney and maypossibly sight the Waratah, though shewould probably be unable to render assistance.

example of dredger - Glasgow harbour, 1909

Karoola, from Glasgow to Melbourne, left Durban on Tuesday last, andis due at Albany on September 7.


Swazi, dispatched from Adelaide onAugust 15 for South Africa direct.

Which steamer is this?

Ruapehu (New Zealand Shipping Company line), which left London for Wellington on August 5 will be asked to makea search in the Indian Ocean.

RMS Ruapehu

Perthshire (Federal Houlder-Shire line),left Sydney on July 28 for South Africaand London. She will first call at Durban.
Moravian (Aberdeen line), sailed fromSydney on July, 13 for London, and is dueat Durban on September 9.

Surrey (Federal-Houlder-Shire line),passed Capetown on August 10, en routefrom London to Adelaide.

SS Surrey
Salamis. from London, left Capetown onMonday last, and is due at Melbourne onSeptember 12.

SS Salamis

Tasmanic (Swedish-Australian line),which left Natal on August 13, en routefrom Gothenberg to Australia. Capt. Hakannson undertook to make a search onhis way across.

Orange Branch, from Sydney to Antwerpand London, left Albany on August 8.

Turret deck steamship, Orange Branch 

Port Pirie (Anglo- Australian line), boundto Antwerp, left Albany on July 28.

SS Port Pirie

The F.H.S. liner Ayrshire, whichberthed at Port Adelaide on Sunday afternoon, was one of many steamers speciallyinstructed to keen a lookout for the missing Waratah while steaming towards Australia. The Ayrshire left Capetown onAugust 8—13 days after the Lund boatsailed from Durban. Although a sharplookout was kept, no trace of the missingsteamer or flotsam and jetsam of any description was observed. For four days andnights men were stationed in the crow'snest, in the hope of seeing signs of the Waratah.


No matter how many vessels were on the lookout for the Waratah, she was not to be found, afloat.

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