Thursday, 25 May 2017
'KNOWING THE COAST AS THEY DID'.
Advocate, Burnie, 14 July, 1923.
On July 28 there was a fierce gale,
and on the 30th great anxiety, was left
in Capetown for the Waratah, for no
news of any kind had been received.
The storm was still raging when, on
, the T. E. Fuller,
salvage work, left the
to search for the
Hundreds of people, impelled either
by fear for the safety of those they
loved or through curiosity, came down
to wish the T. E. Fuller God-speed and
success in its mission.
"I shall never forget the sight,"
said an eye witness. "The tears of
the women mingled with the rain that
beat on their wan faces. Oilskin clad,
the men stood by, sombre-eyed and
with heavy hearts. Knowing the coast,
as they did, they could not hope; they
could only wait. ''
On Monday the tug returned, bat
by the waves and weather. Its
had been fruitless. No news,
good or bad, could it bring of
Waratah to her friends in Cape
Cape Town Docks, 1912.
ANDREW VAN RENSBURG
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