Saturday, 19 March 2016


In 1928 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle toured South Africa (see map below). During his visit he participated in a seance to establish what had become of the Waratah. He firmly believed that he received the answer to this puzzling mystery, alleging that the Waratah nose-dived into oncoming swells and went down within 3 minutes. Where this happened is the million dollar question. Of all the nonsense to emerge from seances of the era this one does strike me as plausible. It confirms my suspicions that the Waratah was too heavy with reduced buoyancy and had a tendency to plow into oncoming seas.

Conan Doyle's tour, 1928

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