The Mercury (Hobart) Saturday 30 October, 1909 THE MISSING WARATAH.
OWNERS LOATH TO ABANDON
LONDON, October 29.
The owners of the missing steamerWaratah (Lunds) say they cannot co-ordinate the statement made by thecaptain of the Harlow with regard tothe vessel that he saw burning 180 milesfrom Durban on July 27, with whatthey know to have been the position ofthe Waratah earlier in the day. Theowners believe that the captain of theHarlow saw bush fires. The owners were not prepared to entertain the possibility that Captain Ilbery attempted to return to Durban. If they had done so it could have opened a can of worms as regards what had gone wrong with their flagship. This had implications extending blatantly into the realm of culpability. Further to this, the owners suggested that the Captain of Harlow mistook bush fires for a steamer in October, 1909, a full 14 months before the Inquiry convened, by which time, the chief officer had adopted this stance. It seems to me the Lunds stopped at nothing to absolve themselves from any form of responsibility for the loss of the waratah. http://waratahrevisited.blogspot.co.za/2016/06/is-there-alternative-to-poenskop.html