The discovery of what could have been a steam pipe covering at Swartvlei is intriguing. Could this have been further debris from the Waratah? In favour of the item originating from the Waratah is the claim made that the wood was neither covered with barnacles nor weeds, implying that it had not been in the water very long. There were no other reports of missing steamers during this time period.
I am becoming more and more convinced that the Waratah did not disappear without a trace.