Thursday, 8 October 2015

ANTARCTIC HOAX.

ILL-FATED WARATAH.
"SEND HELP STARVING'
A Capetown message says that thenotorious disappearance of the steamer Waratah and her passengers; and crew some years ago off the South African coast; has been recalled by the picking up of a bottle in Table Bay. The bottle had apparently beena long time in the water and was stopped up by a piece of lead beaten into the mouth. Inside was a piece of paper on which was written in pencil:
"Send help, starving, Waratah, Islandin Antarctic." 
It is generally believed to be a hoax.
The sad thing about hoax bottle messages, of which there were so many during this time period, is that should there be a genuine one, skepticism ruled and chances are that it would be ignored.


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