The Advertiser (Adelaide) Wednesday 11 August, 1909.
The reason why the vessel did not put
into East London is that there is no landing
place there, and there is a dangerous
bar. Passengers have to be landed at
that port from steamers by the baskets
which are lowered into lighters. Then
repairs could not be carried out at East
London with the same facility as at Durban.
It is heartbreaking to think that Captain Ilbery could have saved all souls if he had elected to anchor off East London. But recent posts have been very clear on the subject - fires at sea could be managed and took many hours to progress to a catastrophic degree. All eggs were placed in the Durban basket, but it was not to be....