in the vicinity. A wire received by Captain Winzor
yesterday would appear to confirm that supposition.
According to the survivor's statement to the wharfinger
the vessel at the time of the disaster was under reduced
canvas as shown by the fact that only the lower topsails, Inner and outer jibs and the main and foretopmast staysails were set. In addition one of the lower topgallant rails was bent onto the foreyard and set. In fact she had been reduced to such an extent that nothing short of a hurricane would have warranted a further reduction.
Kitain (Katola - sole survivor) stated that he was in
the water from about 9pm to 4 30 the following morning.
It is scarcely possible that in that time he swam 15 miles
to the Island as he stated the possibility is that the vessel
was much closer into Legendre lsIand and struck rocks in
the vicinity. According to the wharfinger at Roeburne the
vessel either struck the Delambre Reef or rocks in that
vicinity of Legendre Island. Arrangements have been
made to endeavour to locate the wreck.
The Glenbank, a barque of 1481 tons, en-route from San Nicholas (South America) to Balla Balla, with 1800 tons of copper ore, sailed into a hurricane and foundered. Only Ankee Katola (Finn) who was aloft survived and managed to swim the 15 miles to Legendre Island. It is believed the barque struck rocks as reported by the survivor and that cargo had shifted. Wrecksite e.u. quotes that the Glenbank turned turtle in the hurricane. Probing into the past for the truth can be a tricky business and misinformation abounds. In the case of Waratah one has to keep searching and cross-referencing until consistency emerges. There is also a tendency to rely on official documents from the time as gospel. Everything needs to be taken with a pinch of salt until the facts make sense and the logic adds up. If the Glenbank did strike a rock and went down within minutes it would certainly confirm my hypothesis that the same happened to Waratah when she struck the outer margin of the St John Reef.