Saturday, 26 September 2015


The Advertiser (Adelaide) Monday 16 August, 1909
CAPE TOWN, August 14.
There has been some speculation as towhy the steamer Insizwa did not stop whenthe supposed corpses were seen near themouth of the Bashee River, 100 miles northof East London. Reuter's correspondentlearns from an authoritative source thatthe vessel was prevented from stopping byher heavy deck cargo and the tremendousswell rendering such a proceeding dangerous.
The Insizwa's captain has been inter-viewed. There is not the slightest doubt, hestates, that the objects seen at the mouthof the Bashee were human bodies. Twowore white and two dark clothing. Havinglady passengers on board, and fearing to incur danger by putting his vessel about, hedid not think it desirable to attempt to recover the bodies. There was, he adds, nosign of wreckage as far as a bird's farthestvision could extend.
Also, insurance cover did not include going out of course to investigate floating bodies risking the vessel in heavy seas. 

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