Barrier Miner, Tuesday 24 May, 1910. THE MISSING WARATAH.
BOTTLE WASHED ASHORE.
MESSAGE BELIEVED TO BE A
A telegram was recently received atAdelaide watchhouse from Mounted Constable Keating, stating that abottle had been washed ashore somedistance from Streaky Bay; containing a document referring to the missing Waratah,
The message reads: "August 1909. Waratah sinking rapidly, West Coast of Africa. Steamer on fire;(Signed) W. Scott, 18 Elizabeth-street.Sydney." , . ,
Nothing else was found for seven miles along the beach.
The Marine Board was informed, the police look on the message as a hoax. It is extraordinary how many of these bottle messages washed ashore. I found a link of archive newspaper reports from the era, specifying bottle messages. It went on for page after page after page. These sorts of hoaxes were all the rage back then. Rather than tragic, these people appear to have found the notion of missing ships, thrilling. How warped!