Monday, 25 July 2016

WARATAH DEPARTED DURBAN, 107 YEARS AGO.

When it comes to the Waratah mystery one can spend a great deal of time exploring dusty online corners for more and more information on the ship and circumstances surrounding her loss. 

But one must not lose sight of the 211 passengers and crew who departed Durban with the flagship at 8.15 pm, 26 July, 107 years ago. 

When the streamers snapped last goodbyes lingering on the air, Waratah was shifted into the channel heading out to sea. A final throaty blast from the great ship's horn, a parting memento, no promise of return.


More about those who were on board:


The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 9 December, 1909

SOME OF THE PASSENGERS.
ON BUSINESS AND PLEASURE BENT.
Mrs. Govett, who was a resident of theWestern district, Victoria, and for some time    before sailing had been residing with Mrs. Orr  at Macleay Street, Potts Point was bound for London.  
Miss Henderson a maid in the service ofMrs Smart of the Hotel Australia booked to London.
Mr J. M. S. Hunter of Glasgow was returning to London from a visit to his son interested in pastoral pursuits in this State.  
Mrs Harvey, Master Harvey and Silas Miller   belonged to Gisborne, New Zealand and joined the Waratah at Sydney for Cape Town.
Mr William Cumming bound for Londonbooked through Cook's at Sydney.  
Mr and Mrs Bowden and Mrs and theMisses Bowden and Miss L. D. Schauman allmembers of the same party boarded the vessel  at Sydney at the last moment. They had beenengaged in Sydney in the hotel business.
Mrs and Miss Wilson saloon passengers  from Melbourne are the wife and daughter ofthe manager of the Royal Bank Victoria.  
Mr J. T. Wilson and Miss Wilson who also  joined at Melbourne resided at Malvern road, Malvern.
Mr G H Tickell whose name appears inthe list of third class passengers from Melbourne was the son of Captain Tickell, Victorian State Naval Commandant. Young Tickell who was an only son was in reality attached to the engineering staff of the Waratah and making the trip for the purpose of gaining practical experience in marine engineering.  
Miss Lascelles of Geelong is a daughter ofMr Lascelles of the firm of Dennys,      Lascelles and Co and one of the Geelong  Harbour Trust Commissioners.  
Mr Neil Black is a well known pastoralistof Noorat in the western district of Victoria.
Messrs Page, Calder, and Clark who werebooked from Melbourne in the third class are  well known in connection with wood chopping  contests and were proceeding to England with  the intention of giving exhibitions of wood chopping. Mr Page in whose hands were the arrangements for the tour was confident when the steamer left Melbourne of the success of the speculation as both Calder and Clarke were champion axemen. Calder, a Tasmanian, presented a striking appearance when standing with his axe in his hand beside the block which he was to cut through. He was 6ft 5in in height and broad in proportion with fine head and shoulders. He appeared on two occasions at Fitzgerald's circus building when he took part in the wood chopping carnivals organised by Mr E Erskine Scott and won several prizes.
Mr Charles Taylor and his wife and twolittle children were returning to KimberleySouth Africa from Australia. Mr Taylor  lately worked in De Beers mine at Kimberly and was an active member of the local North of England Association.
Lieutenant Colonel Percival John BrowneCB who joined the Waratah at Adelaidecommanded the Dorset Yeomanry.  He was born in the year 1862 and  was the son of the late Mr W. J.Browne of Buckland, Filleigh, North Devon.In 1892 he married Bernarda Gracia, daughter  of the late Mr T. E. Lees of Woodfield, Oldham, Lancashire. Lieut- Colonel Browne com  manded the 7th Battalion of the Imperial  Yeomanry during the South African campaign  and was twice mentioned in despatches. Forhis services he was created a Companion of  the Bath in 1900. Lieut Colonel Browne was  the master of the Blackmore Vale Foxhoundsand his address was Fifehead, Magdalen,    Gillingham, Dorset, Eng.
Miss K. Lees was a niece of Lieut ColonelBrowne and was travelling with him. Shehad been on a visit to Australia and was returning by the Waratah.
Miss L. Cooke was Miss Lee's lady's maid    and was returning to Capetown with her.
Mrs Allen was the wife of Captain A. Allenwho holds the position of chief officer of thecargo Steamer Karori, belonging to the UnionS S Company of New Zealand and employedin the produce trade between Devonport andother Tasmanian ports and Sydney. Mrs Allenwho resided at No 95 Campbell street, NorthSydney took an infant with her and was boundon a pleasure trip to London.
Miss Rose Allen a little girl 6 years of agewas the daughter of Captain A. Allen of theKarori by his first marriage and was accompanying her step mother on a visit to England.
Mr. John Ebsworth was a prominent solicitor practising in Melbourne and was the holder of a master mariner's certificate. Prior to engaging in the practice of law he occupied the positions of second and chief officer of steamers trading between London and Australia for seven or eight years, and on account of his seafaring experience his services were greatly sought for in the Marine Court of Victoria. Mr. Ebsworth was a prominent Mason and was the son of Mr. John Ebsworth, solicitor of London.
Mrs Starke and Miss Starke were the motherand sister of Mr H E Starke barrister ofMelbourne, who was admitted to the NewSouth Wales Bar on November 2. Mr Starkefor whom much sympathy is felt appeared inSydney recently in the patents case.

THE MISSING PASSENGERS.
A TOTAL OF 92.
FIFTY-THREE FROM AUSTRALIA.
MOSTLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
The Waratah had 92 passengers on board
when she sailed out of Durban Harbour. Of
these 53 had travelled from Australian ports
and the remaining 39 joined the vessel at
Durban - 36 bound for London, and three
coastal passengers booked to Capetown.
Women and children formed a large
proportion of the missing passengers,
consisting of:
WOMEN .. .. .. .. 43
CHILDREN .. .. ..22
MEN .. .. .. .. .. .. 27
Total .. .. .. .. .. .. 92
Appended is believed to be a complete list
of the passengers from Australian ports on
board the Waratah:

FROM SYDNEY FOR CAPETOWN:

Mr. CHARLES TAYLOR, 34.
Mrs. CHARLES TAYLOR, 30.
Miss M. TAYLOR. 8.
Master CHARLES TAYLOR, 5.
Mrs. HARVEY, of N.Z.
Masters HARVEY, of N.Z. (2).
MISS MILLER, of N.Z.

FROM SYDNEY FOR LONDON:

Mrs. ALLEN and infant.
Miss ROSE ALLEN, 6.
Mr. J. M. S. HUNTER, 45, married.
Mr. E. A. MURPHY, 31, married.
Miss HENDERSON.
Mr. WRIGHT, 40.
Mrs. WRIGHT, 36.
Mr. WILLIAM CUMMING.
Mrs. JANE HARWOOD, 68.
Mrs. BOWDEN, 55.
Miss BOWDEN, 25.
Miss L. SCHAUMANN, 11.
Miss D. SCHAUMANN. 10.
Mr. BOWDEN.
Mrs. BOWDEN and infant.
Master BOWDEN, 6.

Total from Sydney, 26.

FROM MELBOURNE FOR LONDON:

Mrs. GOVETT.
Miss LASCELLES.
Mr. NEIL BLACK.
Mrs. STARKE.
Miss STARKE.
Miss M. CAMPBELL.
Miss WILSON.
Miss L. WILSON.
Mrs E. WILSON.
Mrs. WILSON.
Mr. EBSWORTH.
Mr. G. H. TICKELL.
Miss B. MURPHY.
Mrs. IBBETT.
Mr. J. G. STOKOE.
Mr. E. B. PAGE.
Mrs. E. B. PAGE.
Mr. P. J. CALDER.
Mr. A. CLARK.
Mr. R. LOWENTHAL.

The only passenger from Melbourne for
Capetown remaining on board when the
Waratah left Durban was:

Mr. T. BLACKBURN.

Total from Melbourne, 21.

FROM ADELAIDE FOR LONDON:

Mrs. A. HAY.
Miss H. G. HAY.
Miss M. HESKETH-JONES.

FROM ADELAIDE FOR CAPETOWN:

Lieutenant-Colonel BROWNE.
Miss K LEES.
Miss L. COOKE.

Total from Adelaide, 6.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 9
December, 1909.

THE SHIP'S COMPANY.
COMPLETE LIST.
The ship's company of the Waratah when
she left Sydney numbered 115 (119) all
told -15 officers and engineers, two
apprentices and 98 stewards, cooks,
firemen trimmers, and sailors. 

Appended is a complete list. 

The names in bold were not listed on the Inquiry transcript - F Little was on board when Waratah allegedly ran aground off Kangaroo Island. I get a total of 114, not 115.


OFFICERS:

1. Captain J E Ilbery, master
2. G Owen, 1st officer (39), - Melbourne.
3. H F Hemey, 2nd officer (27), Darlington
4. J P Morgan, 3rd officer (25), Abdrys South
5. G Thurston 4th officer (24), India,
6. H C Fulford, Surgeon (27) Melbourne
7. P Skailes, Purser (32), London


ENGINEERS:

8. G W Hodder, chief engineer and chief ref engineer (37), London,
9. A U Hunter, 2nd engineer (31), Perth
10. T Humphrey, senior 3rd engineer (25) Rochester
11. F T Hunt, junior 3rd engineer (26), Margate
12. J H Jamieson, senior 4th engineer (26), Aberdeen
13. J Hamilton, junior 4th (23) Arran
14. F Monk, 5th engineer (21), Brick
15. S A Hamilton, ref engineer (48), Glasgow

APPRENTICES:

16. H A Gibbs apprentice (18), Bognor, 
17. N H G S Clarke, apprentice (21), Kindon

STEWARDS AND COOKS:

18. J Templeton, chief cook (39), Glasgow, 
19. C W Southwell, ship's cook (26), Hull 
20. A Nicholls, forecabin steward (22), London, 
21. L E Gorham, FC pantryman (26), London, 
22. F Sale, 3rd cook (23), London, 
23. A Sach, 4th cook (19), Westham, 
24. A E Phillips, baker and confectioner (35), Hants, 
25. J Jones, 2nd baker (34) Catford, 
26. O E Haysom, butcher (38), London 
27. F Poland, assistant butcher (24), London, 
28. P Murray, sculleryman (26), Stepney, 
29. S R Whitehorn, stewardess (35), London, 
30. M A Anderson, 2nd stewardess (50), Prompton
31. Emma Swan, stewardess (40) Creswick, 
32. P Oxford, barman, storekeeper (26), Alderley, 
33. K Papinean, pantryman (60) London, 
34. F Shasal assistant pantryman (17), London and 
35. J C Clark, bedroom linen steward (30), Sydney

Other stewards were -

36. C Baxter (19), Hertford,
37. P C Bonham (28), Southgate, 
38. W W M'Phee (25), Melbourne, 
39. W R Allan (29), London, 
40. A Dennison, (23), Halmont, 
41. W B Rogers (28), Ashton, 
42. E Rumbold (44), London, 
43. A. R. Francis (27), Maidstone,
44. W F Edwards (18) Chelsea, 
45. L Burgess (23) Ipswich,
46. W G White (27) New Cross, 
47. A Woodcock (23) Dover, 
48. C H Hammond (18) Forestlake, 
49. E J Walters (19) London,
50. G Wyborn (22) Sydney, 
51. W M Campbell (22) Perth, 
52. F Trott (16) London, 
53. A Blake (18) London, 
54. P R Alexander (21) London, 
55. T Ings (27) London, 
56. W Thomas (45) Danelly, 
57. F Little (25) Limerick and 
58. F M Wellington, steward and bathman (26) London, 
59. C Sudbury, general servant and butler (35) London, 
60. P F Monaghan, general servant and writer (18) Glasgow.

SHIP'S COMPANY:

61. R Walker carpenter (28) Greenock,
62. A Georgeson boatswain (35) Shetland, 
63. N J  Schäfer boatswain's mate and lamp trimmer (26) London,
64. E Stace boatswain's mate and AB (38) Ashford,
65. S Pearson donkeyman (30) Sohresborg, 
66. W Smith storekeeper and refrigerating greaser (45) London,
67. W Walters ref. greaser (30) Melbourne,

greasers and firemen were:

68. R Steiner (31) Breslau,
69.J Conn (34) London,
70. A Cumming (26) Teymouth, 
71. J Jewers (26) London, 
72. W Comper (29) London, 
73. J Lydiard (27) London, 
74. O Tuscher (44) Germany
75. T Immelmann (20) Pretoria,
76. J Nelson (44) Gothenburg,
77. C Butcher (28) Kent,
78. J Clarke (29) London,
79. C Samuelson (37) Gothenburg, 
80. J Jackson (38) Gothenburg, 
81. J Jacobson (38) Gothenburg,
82. F Dorander (28) Stockholm,
83. M Leiflora (41) Silesia
84. R Backer (41) Germany, (Bocker) 
85. W Reinsch (38) Germany, and 
86. K Lindross (26) Helsingfors,
87. C French fireman (32) Bognor and 
88. T Coulson fireman (20) Highwill,

Trimmers on board were:

89. J Steel (18) London,
90. H Dance (27) Baskingside,
91. A Bellringer (25) Yeovil,
92. H Young (22) Sydney,
93. J Keough (22) Sydney
94. A Sandon (22) Sydney, 
95. H M'Crone (24) Glasgow, 
96. W Thornton (22) Redcliff, 
97. J Kelly (21) Sunderland, 
98. K Harman (24) London
99. G Dixon (25) Birmingham and 
100. G Meek (29) Glasgow,

The able seamen were:

101. W Belshaw (48) Aberdeen, 
102. M M'Iver (36) Sternaway, 
103. H G Smith (37) Tenby, 
104. W Rackliff (29) London 
105. T Newmann (56) Hobart,
106. G W Ambrose (25) Birmingham,
107. C Turkle (38) Essen, 
108. W Waite (33) London, 
109. W Harding (36) Melbourne,
110. C Allen (37) Orpington, 
111. G Shea (37) Cloyle,  
112. A P Moore (29) London, 
113. A Martin (31) Norway,
One man named

114. R. Robinson of Sydney - was
signed on as ordinary seaman.

It is probable that some of the members
of the crew left at other ports of the
Commonwealth.



Names which appeared on the Inquiry
transcript but are not listed above:

1. F Benson - trimmer.
2. H Barr - carpenter's mate.
3. A Brown - fireman and trimmer.
5. J Costello - able seaman.
6. H W Harding - general servant.
7. P Isaacs - general servant.
8. W McKierian - trimmer.
9. O Schelier - fireman and trimmer.
10. H Seiffort - fireman and trimmer.
11. E Sterne - general servant.
12. H Tanner - fireman and trimmer.


TOTAL    119

Weather conditions in Durban today:

21 degrees
4.2m double overhead waves
high tide: 07.48 am   low tide:  01.45 am
high tide: 08.25 pm   low tide:  02.00 pm
sunset: 05.20 pm
wind speed: 13 km/hr




 



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