Monday, 5 October 2015


The Advertiser (Adelaide) Tuesday 19 October, 1909.
In reference to the report of the captainof the steamer Insizwa, to the effect thatfour floating objects, supposed to bebodies, had been passed at the mouth ofthe Bashee River, 100 miles north of EastLondon, off which place the missingsteamer Waratah was last sighted on July27, Mr. C. Bastard, of Adelaide, has received a letter from his son (Mr. F. Bastard), who is fourth engineer on the Insizwa, who states: - 
What a peculiar thing it is, that I was on board of the Waratah on the evening she sailed from Durban. Her disappearance is a most peculiar mystery. If she had gone ashore therewould surely be some parts of her washedup. As for breaking down and drifting it is almost impossible for a twin-screw ship to have a total breakdown of both engines.
The captain of our steamer created quite asensation and made a name for himself,by reporting the fact that he had seen supposed dead bodies. There was no oneelse on board the ship who saw any supposed bodies.

This is an intriguing insight into one of the two separate, alleged sightings of bodies adrift. The other involved the Tottenham off the Great Fish River, where the sighting was far more specific and ultimately confirmed under oath by the second officer, Mr. Day. 

Recovery of body from the Titanic disaster - gruesome and deeply unsettling. No wonder the captain of the Tottenham gave excuses for not retrieving the body of the little girl.

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