Lampert and Holt Line's SS Veronese, built by Workman, Clark and Co, was launched 1906. 7877 gross tons, she measured 464 ft. in length, with a beam of 59 ft. which was virtually the same as Waratah (465 ft.; 59.45 ft.) and a draught of 29 ft., similar to Waratah's 30 ft. 4 1/2 in.. Powered by a single triple expansion she could make 12 knots. Compare the images below: although Veronese had a similarly prominent top hamper, her funnel was far lower than Waratah's and her navigation deck incorporated into the boat deck, both reducing the top heaviness and wind catchment factors. Veronese operated safely over the course of 7 years before this incident.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 January, 1913.
STEAMER VERONESE WRECKED.
LISBON, Jan. 16.
The English liner Veronese (7063 tons),
bound for Brazil, with 374 passengers aboard,
has been wrecked in a gale on the Portuguese
coast. The vessel is said to have broken in half.
Veronese broke in half which in part must have been due to the forces of the gale and rocks on which she foundered. But there is another additional factor; like Waratah, Veronese's top hamper did not span more than 50% of her overall length which would have reduced structural strength. One does wonder if the heavily loaded Waratah which disappeared so quickly before the eyes of Captain Bruce and his chief engineer Alfred Harris, 'broke in half'. If Waratah had taken a glancing blow off the St Johns Reef and sustained hull damage due to increasing fire damage, this might very well have been the final outcome. Against this theory must surely be the dearth of wreckage washed up on shore along the coast, if the Harlow account be true.