Wednesday, 6 April 2016

WRECKAGE, MOSSEL BAY.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Friday 4 March, 1910.

THE LOST WARATAH.
WRECKAGE WASHED ASHORE
ON SOUTH AFRICAN COAST. 
LONDON, MARCH 3.
Reuter's correspondent at Capetown 
reports that a quantity of wreckage has
been washed ashore at Mossel Bay.
A most significant object is a cushion
marked "W ". A hatchway which has
been washed ashore among other wreckage 
has been sent to the builders of the
Waratah, Barclay, Curle, and Co, Glasgow, 
with a view to identification.
A very strong current - the Agulhas current
sets to the southward along this position of
the South African coast, and even should the
wreckage now found be identified as belonging 
to the missing Waratah the exact spot where
the great ocean tragedy occurred will still
remain in doubt. 


These items were discovered 10 months before the Inquiry convened. No mention was made whether
Barclay, Curle and Co had in fact received and examined the hatchway, forming an opinion as to its
origins. In a case glaringly absent of physical evidence, this should have been a crucial component in
the final report - I don't believe an answer from Barclay, Curle and Co was forthcoming one way or the
other. My impression is that the 'powers that were' obstructed the course of justice.

Mossel Bay was a last port of call before objects were swept south by the retroflecting Agulhas Current.
One could argue that the lifeboat sighted further out into the southern ocean had missed being washed
up onshore and was embarking on a slow drift back to the Antipodes. But all of these objects remain in
the realm of speculation as to their origins. 






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