Friday, 8 January 2016

STIFFENED WITH ORE.

The Advertiser (Adelaide) Tuesday 10 August, 1909.
Four or five other mariners expressed virtually the same opinion. One of them saidthe Waratah was, to his personal knowledge, a very "tender" ship in, certain trim.She rolled on the least-provocation. Don'toverlook the fact that when she sailed fromhere she had 1,000 tons of ore in her bottom, he said.- "This should have 'stiffened' her for the voyage to Durban, but after she had discharged her cargo for Durban I think the coal taken on board wouldhave a lot to do with making her tender.I fear she has foundered, but there are somany possibilities that I should not careto state definitely what has "happened."

There is no doubt that the 1300 tons of lead concentrates made all the difference! Coal on the spar deck was necessary.

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