The Insizwa sighting took place two weeks after Waratah went missing. Officially the Captain of the Insizwa claimed that turbulent seas prevented him from retrieving the bodies - concerns about stability. Which ever way he defended his actions, one thing is clear, he had no intention of retrieving bodies and confirming the public's worst suspicions about the fate of the Waratah.
If the Waratah did indeed go down off the Bashee River how was it possible that crew from another vessel, the Tottenham, sighted bodies off the Great Fish River at much the same time, considerably further southwest? A possible explanation relates to the absence of visible wreckage suggesting the Waratah foundered rapidly with passengers and crew trapped within. After a period of time bodies could have come free of the wreck and floated to the surface. Those discovered off the Great Fish River could have come free of the wreckage at an earlier time and then drifted with the prevailing current southwestward.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 12 January, 1911.
Captain Moore (Insizwa), on August 12 1909, reported