Sunday, 18 October 2015

Waratah - payments to crew's relatives.

The Horsham Times, Friday 14 January, 1910
The Missing Waratah.
London, Thursday.
It is estimated that a sum of £14,500will be payable under the Workmen'sCompensation Act to the relatives of 115of the crew of the missing Waratah.
This amounts to 126 pounds per crew member.  The average income for the year 1909 was 5 730 pounds, roughly 477 pounds per month. So, in effect, 126 pounds was roughly 37% of a month's wage. Exactly what was this supposed to compensate in the context of a dedicated crew member who had lost his or her life in the course of duty?


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