Pilot Girling stated that when pilotingthe Waratah outwards to Melbourne inDecember, 1908 with a draught of 26 ft aftand 21 ft 6 in forward, she was very tenderindeed when rounding Schnapper Point.
Well, she would have been wouldn't she, with a reduced draught of 26 ft. aft and 21 ft. 6 in. forward? What this had to do with the Waratah in a more stable, heavily loaded condition of more than 28 ft, when she departed Durban, is anyone's guess and the essence of confusion surrounding the question of stability. Oh, and yes, there was a strong southwest wind blowing and the Waratah had discharged her cargo by this time. Duh!