Thursday, 28 January 2016


The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld) Saturday, 21 August, 1909.
LONDON, August 12, it is reportedthe captain of the steamer ltzehoe which followed the course the missing steamer Waratah should have taken from Durban to Cape Town, reports having passed four objects which he took to be bodies near the mouth of the Bashee River.He also said that he observed many birds in the vicinity.   
It is extraordinary that this further sighting matched that seen by the crew of the Insizwa, down to the number four and the date, 12 August. But there is a possibility that Itzehoe was mistakenly quoted instead of Insizwa.
How much more did the public and Inquiry need to confirm that the Waratah had foundered at some position northeast of the Bashee River? During the intervening two weeks, bodies could only have drifted southwest with the prevailing Agulhas Current.

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