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
Sunday (1st August), the T. E. Fuller, 
equipped for salvage work, left the 
Capetown Docks to search for the 
missing Waratah.
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, battered 
by the waves and weather. Its mission 
had been fruitless. No news, either 
good or bad, could it bring of the 
Waratah to her friends in Capetown.


Cape Town Docks, 1912.

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