Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 15 July, 1910
Lund's Steamship Company havewisely settled by compensation theclaims put in by various relatives ofpassengers lost in the ill-fated steamerWaratah. These claims were a resultof the evidence adduced at the officialinquiry going to show that the Waratah was not in a seaworthy conditionwhen she started on her last voyage.

What an odd report. The official inquiry only convened some 5 months later. Nothing was 'adduced' by July, 1910. However, the report implies that a certain degree of culpability was acknowledged by the Lunds, if indeed the claims were paid out on this basis. If so, why was the issue not raised at the Inquiry?

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