It is not difficult to read between the lines. Although an excuse was offered, it is plain that the Gazette accused the Lunds, Barclay, Curle and Co, and even Sir William White (naval architect) of perverting the course of justice. One wonders to what extent testimonies were influenced, not only with regard to those who were connected with or voyaged on Waratah, but the intriguing, conflicting accounts of the Guelph and Harlow. It was after all F.W. Lund who initially suggested that the officers mistook bush fires for a steamer astern. Enough seeds of doubt had been sown to ensure that the Court could never get close to uncovering the truth about the lost Waratah. Although, ironically, Waratah was stable when she departed Durban, a vast contrast with the maiden voyage, the damage was done and credibility lost. As the gazette commentary states, there was a MORAL issue at stake which was ultimately foresaken along with the great steamer and her souls.