Friday, 8 April 2016


The Northern Star, Friday 24 February, 1911


Then there is the storage of cargo.
The general practice has been where it
was available to cram as much in us 
possible. Even to the outsider it is readily
evident how this may seriously affect the
stability of the ship and cause the strain
just where the naval architect would not
want it. 

I could not have put this better if I tried !

With a series of instructions on
the loading, showing its effects on the 
vessel's stability, the owner will know just
what is possible, and it will be the duty
of the authorities to see that he acts on
that knowledge. Old time rule of thumb
work must go, and too close a supervision
of a work which affects the safety of human 
lives cannot be objected to. Recent
cables tell of shipping companies objecting
to legislation in Australia and New Zealand, 
but unless the companies are more
careful to study the interests' of the public
such protests have little value. In the
present case the court has passed some 
severe comments, and it Is to be hoped they
will result in the fullest of inquiries.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Waratah was functionally overloaded and this revealing report
captured the Court of Inquiry's concerns and admonishment. If that is not proof, what is ?


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