Saturday, 3 October 2015

Waratah - invited on board...

The Register (Adelaide) Tuesday 8 December, 1908
 Anglo- Australian.
The Waratah, Messrs. Lund's new liner,will start to-day on her maiden voyage toAustralia. ... Messrs. Lund & Son invited aparty to lunch on board the new vessellast Wednesday, and to inspect the beauties and luxury of this latest addition to thelinks between Australia and the old country. 
Among those present were Mr. J. B. Whiting (Acting Agent-General for South Australia), the Agents-General for New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia, the Hon. J. Q. Jenkins (formerly Agent-General for South Australia),Mr. C. Hamilton Wicks (recently appointedHis Majesty's Trade Commissioner in Australia), and Mrs. Hamilton Wicks. The two last named sail to-day in the Waratah for Australia. The Waratah is a magnificent boat of 10,000. tons, and provides accommodation for 100 first-lass passengers.
She is taking out with her on this firstvoyage what is believed to be the record number of passengers by any steamer forAustralia, and has on board about 600 inthe third class. She is expected to makea very rapid passage via the Cape. 
The last sentence suggests that the new flagship was expected to make a good time, ahead of schedule, rather than Captain Ilbery unilaterally deciding to 'press' the Waratah.

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