Tuesday, 30 May 2017

'A HOLE WAS MADE IN HER HULL'.

Northern Times, 1 January, 1910.

THE MISSING WARATAH
NO HOPE AT DURBAN.
From Durban under date October 28, 
a passenger by the s.s. Suevic
writes to a Melbourne friend, as
follows :-"The feeling at Durban
and Cape Town is unmistakable that
the Waratah has gone down. Many
theories are advanced, but the most
favored is that by some means a hole
was made in her hull, and that she
filled and sank. The absence of
wreckage is explained by the set of
currents seawards, and the failure of
any of the ship's boats to reach land
by the extraordinary heavy sea running 
at the time. Anyway, one does not meet 
a person who expresses any hope 
whatever as to her recovery."


It is interesting that at the time, some five months after Waratah disappeared, consensus on the ground so to speak was that Waratah had foundered and she must have experienced a breach in her hull. The consensus was NOT that she had turned turtle in the storm of 28 July, as the inquiry and modern day commentators would have we believe!! A plausible explanation is offered for the dearth of wreckage and flotsam.



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