|Owner:||White Star Line|
|Builder:||Harland and Wolff, Belfast|
|Launched:||26 May 1892|
|Completed:||11 July 1892|
|Maiden voyage:||15 July 1892|
|Fate:||Lost, March 1893|
|Length:||470 ft (143.3 m)|
|Propulsion:||Twin reciprocating engines, twin propellers|
|Speed:||13 knots (24.1 km/h)|
Depth: 31.6 ft.
Naronic was designed predominantly for cargo (and up to 1000 head of cattle), with 150 first class passenger accommodation. Although only 6594 gross tons, she was 5 ft. longer than Waratah. Under the command of Captain William Roberts she disappeared without a trace February 11, 1893. She was carrying 74 souls, including 24 cattlemen taking care of Naronic's primary cargo, livestock. Cargo amounted to 3572 tons plus 1017 tons of coal; total 4589 tons. She cost 121 000 pounds to build - just 18 900 pounds short of the 139 900 pounds to build Waratah, 16 years prior. This further confirms my suspicions that Waratah was built on the cheap. The Marconi wireless was only made available five years later, so there was no way of Captain Roberts communicating position and problem/s.
The steamer SS Coventry reported sighting two empty lifeboats. The first was alleged to be 90 miles from the position Titanic went down. Bottle messages were the only other tangible clue as to Naronic's fate, one of which is quoted in the newspaper clipping above and reported as a hoax. One bottle message was discovered at Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the third, June 1893, was found in the Irish Channel and the last, September 1893, the River Mersey, Liverpool. These were speedy bottle messages.
The second bottle message, Brooklyn, contained the following message:
It was signed "John Olsen, Cattleman"; however, there was no one with this name listed on the ship's manifest, the closest being John O'Hara and John Watson.
The Inquiry did not accept the bottle messages into evidence and had no choice but to come to a perils of the seas conclusion as it was in the Waratah Inquiry. It does however make sense that striking an object such as an iceberg would lead to a catastrophe and heavy seas prevent souls surviving on lifeboats. If the Naronic had been carrying a number of high profile passengers her mystery might have ventured into Waratah territory.