Sunday, 20 December 2015


Lyons, a steward, said:-"I heard theboatswain say, 'I would not like tobe on this ship in a storm. She wouldgo to the bottom.' I heard the sailorssay they had to fill tanks to get herstraight, as she rolled too much. On thesecond voyage I believe the ship struck asubmerged rock after leaving Adelaide and loosened the plates underneath.
If the Waratah had struck a rock (or wreckage) and loosened plates it is strange that this is the only account of such a significant incident. If this was true it could be considered a 'final straw' in the sequence of events leading up to her disappearance astern of the Harlow.

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