The Advertiser (Adelaide) Wednesday 18 May, 1910. THE MISSING WARATAH.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN EVIDENCE.
The Collector of Customs (Mr. T. N.Stephens), in his capacity as registrar ofshipping in South Australia, for some timehas been engaged in collecting evidence inconnection with the missing Lund linerWaratah. Depositions have been taken byhim as a justice of the peace. Some ofthe witnesses have been traced with difficulty, and there are still some to obtain.The principal evidence obtained is givenbelow. Nothing of a sensational nature,however. is disclosed in it.
Mr. J. C. Neill, Port Adelaide managerfor Messrs. George Wills & Co. (agents forthe steamer), stated that while the Waratah was at Port Adelaide on her inwardpassage in June she loaded 1,000 tons oflead concentrates, which were put amid-ships in No. 3 hold. It was not unusualto take in dead weight at Port Adelaide. This confirms that lead concentrates were primarily used for ballast and to increase weight lower down in the vessel, improving metacentric height stability. This was required after cargo was discharged at Adelaide. When she returned from the eastern Statesshe loaded cargo at Ocean Steamers' wharfand at the Outer Harbor, and in additiontook in 180 tons of bunker coal, which wasplaced in the bunkers. She had no coalon deck when she left the Outer Harbor. He estimated the total dead weight ofcargo on board at 9,000 tons, and that herdraft was 28 ft. 3 in. forward and 29 ft.5 in. aft. This figure of 9 000 tons of cargo was repeated over and over in the press. Not 6250 tons!