Wednesday, 8 June 2016

WARATAH WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A 'LOOK IN'.

The Mercury (Hobart) Monday 21 March, 1910.

Mr. Rider, who was second officer of
the steamer Clan MacIntyre, which
spoke the missing steamer Waratah
after she left Durban for Capetown,
was a passenger by the RMS Ionic,
which left Hobart on Saturday, in 
continuation of her voyage from London
to Wellington. In conversation with a
representative of "The Mercury" Mr.
Rider said the Clan MacIntyre, which
was a vessel of 4,807 tons, left Durban
earlier in the day than the Waratah,
and was bound for London. At 5
o'clock the next morning the Waratah
passed the Clan MacIntyre. The chief
and fourth officers were on the bridge of
the latter vessel at the time. Signals
were exchanged between the steamers
with the aid of the Morse lamp. The
Waratah was then all right The
weather was fine and the sea smooth.
The same night it came on to blow from
the westward, and a tremendous sea
got up. The Clan MacIntyre, which
had been steaming at the rate of 11 to
11 1/2 knots an hour was unable to make
any headway against the gale. In fact,
she was driven back 33 miles in the
24 hours. The gale then moderated,
and the Clan MacIntyre was able to
make headway again. Nothing was
seen of the Waratah during the gale.
Mr. Rider said the sea was wall-like in
its formation, and tremendously high.
If anything went wrong in the engine
room of the Waratah she would not
have had "a look in".



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