Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Waratah - very close to shore.

The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 7 October, 1909
W Lund and Sons, the owners of the missing liner statedthat when sighted by Captain Weir theWaratah was proceeding very close to theshore at about twelve and a half knots,the Clan M'Intyre making about 10. TheWaratah was seen to be heading a littlemore southerly than the other vessel, taking a course further out from shore.


stanley robinson said...

The Waratah had no reason to be close in shore, in you article you say that that this was recorded in many newspapers however the articles on the wreckage at Port Alfred and Mossel Bay also were reported in many newspapers but it was the original report repeated in parrot fashion by many provincial news papers for up to weeks on end. You mention that the Waratah was sailing close to the shore, the official inquiry states the following from Mr. Phillips the chief officer of the s.s. Clan Macintyre, When I came on watch at 4.00am on the 27th of July a steamer was in view a good distance astern of us, on our starboard quarter.
She was bearing north easterly from the Clan Macintyre; that is nearer the land. He does not say she was sailing CLOSE TO THE SHORE .Captain Weir is reported in the news article that the Waratah was sailing close to the shore. Captain Weir in his evidence stated that the Waratah passed him on his starboard side at a distance of about one mile, this naturally would make the Waratah closer to the shore than his own ship. At the time of passing both ships were in the south going current. While newspapers do give us some truth in their reports they do not put in adverse comments on the Waratah or other famous ships for fear of losing revenue from those companies that place their advertising with them. In fact they had no backbone as some observers have stated.

andrew van rensburg said...

Thank you Stanley for a very interesting perspective. You make excellent points.