Sunday, 13 September 2015


The Advertiser (Adelaide) Saturday 4 September, 1909

The Waratah.

"If the vessel went down suddenly in deep water there would be little, if any, wreckage. There is not much loose gear about modern steamer at sea in bad weather. Everything is made fast, and in the event of the steamer going down everything on board would go to the bottom with her.
Air and oil are about the only things thatwill return to the surface from the depth ofa hundred fathoms or more. Besides, theocean is a big place, and some flotsammight be easily overlooked by the searching vessels, especially at night. Perhapslater on an oar may float up on Kerguelen,or the Crozets, or a lifebuoy on the Australian coast. These things may, or may not,be found, and if found may, or may not berecognised as belonging to the Waratah."

Extraordinary prediction of a lifebuoy washing up in the Antipodes. Being mid winter with a storm approaching, it is very likely that everything 'was made fast' on the Waratah.
Flotsam over and above that which was discovered and assumed to have come from the Waratah, could have been overlooked, as the writer astutely points out.

For those interested in the campaign to find the Waratah, more info is available on:


Mole said...

Fascinating post and some riveting points to ponder. Thanks Andrew. How goes the fund-raising for the Waratah search? Can anyone donate? How does one do so? Contact URL?

andrew van rensburg said...

Hi Mole. Thank you for the comment and for raising the 'Waratah search'. The campaign kicked off on Monday and those interested can 'tune in' via the following links:

Best wishes, Andrew