Built: 1905 1908
Builders: Barclay, Curle, & Co same
Gross tons: 8038 9339.07
Net tons: 4723 6003.96
Length: 470 ft. 465 ft.
Beam: 56.25 ft. 59.45 ft.
Draught: 27.75 ft. 30.375 ft.
Engines: twin quadruple same
Power: 8000 ihp 5400 ihp
Speed: 15.5 knots 13.5 knots
Owners: P & O Blue Anchor Line
Passengers: 150 first class / 100 second class 108 / 324
Fate: sold for scrap 1926 foundered, 1909
Cost: 160, 167 Pounds 139, 900 Pounds
This is an interesting comparison. The two vessels had very similar specifications, built by the same builders in the same depressed shipbuilding period. The Waratah did, however, have a significantly greater gross tonnage = very heavy steamer. Again the comparative power outputs illustrate Waratah under powered engines. Interesting to note that the Dongala had a significant draught (compared with similarly sized steamers of the era) of just over 27 ft. which, in my opinion, again demonstrates that Waratah's 30.375 ft. draught was excessive.
The Dongala did not have GM stability issues!
|again superstructure decks spanning more than 0.6 x LBP, amidships = better structural integrity and stability.|