I doubt whether Captain Ilbery and his officers 'eulogised' the Waratah AFTER the maiden voyage. She was inherently and patently top heavy as proven by the expert testimony of Professor Bragg. Waratah was never going to be as stable as Geelong, for obvious reasons and the so-called idle talk must have reflected general discussions (including Captain Ilbery) and concerns about the inherently top heavy steamer. It stands to reason that Waratah in light condition was difficult to coal at Sydney, but this same condition was not the same stable, loaded condition during Waratah's last voyage (excluding port settings). With 1300 tons of lead concentrates in hold 3 midships, lowest down, at 11 cubic foot to the ton, 8 ft. high, there was more than enough 'centre of gravity' lowering and thus no need for 'full ballast tanks'. In fact, with a reduced buoyancy factor, the newly adjusted Waratah did not require all ballast tanks to be full and needed some buoyancy from the air in empty ballast tanks!!