Tuesday, 26 January 2016


The Register (Adelaide) Monday 19 December, 1910
December 17. 
The evidence of witnesses was proceeded with to-day. A steward named Herbert deposed that he left the boat because he disliked the way she rolled and because of her terrific creaking. He once called the engineer's attention to a movement of her promenade deck. The whole wooden structure moved bodily athwart the ship. Boltheads actually broke off owing to the strain, while woodwork around the saloon door was separated from the ironwork to the extent of a couple of inches.
I find this account very revealing. If it is true the build-quality of the Waratah was questionable. 
A fire broke out during the maiden voyage due to insufficient heat insulation aft of the steering gear. This alludes to deficiencies in the build quality.
There appears to substantial circumstantial evidence that the Waratah was not only flawed in terms of top heaviness, but also and more importantly, in terms of meeting the budget of 139 900 pounds. 
The prospect of escaping the Inquiry unscathed must have weighed very heavily on the minds of the Lunds.

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