along the South African coast along what is called
the inside course. It is an almost Invariable custom
for steamers proceeding from Cape Town to
Durban, as the Guelph was, to follow this
track, so as to escape the strong current
which runs down the coast further out to
sea, near the Agulhas bank. By keeping
close inshore on the way up lo Durban
steamers miss meeting this current, and,
therefore, make smarter passages than if
they shaped a course further out, where the
tide runs strongly.
Captain J. V. Spalding, who was associated
with Aberdeen liners for many years,
is familiar with the coast and the courses
which steamers follow when traversing it.
In his opinion the Guelph was steering an
inside course and as she sighted the Waratah
the latter vessel must also have been
coming along by the same track. In this
case the Waratah would miss the benefit of
the current which runs on the outside
route. Yes, the Waratah would not have been as close to the inside track under normal circumstances. According to the Guelph signaler the 'Waratah' was not displaying signals of distress and not wallowing about, dead in the water. No, whichever way one approaches at this account it holds no validity.