Thursday, 14 April 2016


The Mercury (Hobart) Monday 9 August, 1909.

Captain F. Tickell, acting Naval Director 
for the Commonwealth, who has
a son on board the Waratah, has written
the following letter to the press:-

.......The consumption of coal per
day would be about 80 tons, or 1,520
tons for the run across. 

According to the Inquiry, 1785 tons of coal were consumed between Adelaide and Durban. 80 tons per day (1520, total) equated with what one would expect from a steamer Waratah's size. But in reality, she consumed 94 tons per day, which if you recall, almost matches the figure raised at the Inquiry: 'why were an additional 15 tons consumed per day'? I have no doubt that the answer lies in 'pressing' Waratah's under powered engines and excessive dead weight.

Three hundred  persons would also use a considerable 
deal of provisions. The consumption of 
water would also be a factor, so
it may be taken for granted, even if
she discharged no cargo at Durban that,
on leaving that port, the vessel would
be higher in the water than when leaving Australia.

This was not true due to the fact that Waratah had a desalination plant = constant production of water. Waratah departed Durban with the same overall draught of 28.9 ft. as when she departed Australia.

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