Thursday, 27 October 2016


I have consistently maintained that Waratah should not have had a freeboard of only 8 ft.. and quoted a calculation used in 1908 which implied that minimum freeboard should have been in the region of 11 ft.. There is another publication which suggests that Waratah's freeboard, based on her depth of hold, should have been 10.1 ft.. (3.5 inches per foot of depth of hold - winter). Either way I believe the point is clear; Waratah should not have been registered to operate with a freeboard less than 10 ft.. Of course in operational terms, taking into consideration inherent tenderness, this was neither practical nor possible. Captain Ilbery was caught between a rock and a hard place.'s%20clear%20side&f=false 

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