The Advertiser (Adelaide) Friday 24 February, 1911. The court suggested that a committee of experts should be appointed to decide theminimum stability requirements of different types of vessels, including stability curves. Rules for the stowage of cargo should be framed by shipbuilders for the guidance of shipowners.
It is astounding that these guidelines, critical to the safe operation of steamers, were not entrenched in legislation. Whatever we may think of the owners and builders, and more specifically, Captain Ilbery departing London 5 November, 1908, without stability curves and a stowage plan on board, this was a gray area, and the loss of the Waratah prompted a review of the status quo. Good things did come as a result of the disaster.