Wednesday, 31 May 2017


The Maitland Mercury, 31 March 1852.

(From the S. M. Herald, March 27.)
This splendid addition to the steam marine of
the colony was visited by great numbers of
people yesterday, all of whom expressed them-
selves highly gratified at her general appearance.
As she was lying alongside the wharf, we had
no opportunity of seeing how she sits on the
water, but on deck she looks by far the finest
steam vessel in this colony.
Her dimensions are as follows - Length 
between perpendicular, 165 feet; breadth of
beam between paddle-boxes, 20 feet 6 inches ,
sponsons on each side, 2 feet 9 inches ; depth of
hold, 12 feet; depth of poop, 2 feet 6 inches,
burden (including steam-room) 380 tons; her
draught of water, when fully laden, is 8 feet.
She has three masts, very light, carrying square
sails on the fore and main masts, and fore-and
aft sails only on the mizen. She is built of iron
throughout, and has four bulkheads, which
divide her into five water-tight compartments.
She was built at Dumbarton, by Messrs William
Denny and Brother, foi the contractors, Messrs.
Caird and Co., of Greenock.
Her machinery, manufactured by Carid and
Co., consists of two side lever condensing
engines of 70 horse power each, fitted with
expansion valves and all the most modern
improvements; she has tubular boilers with
brass tubes ; the cylinders are 45 inches in
diameter, and the length of stroke 5 feet ; her
bunkers carry coals for 7 days.
Her deck is very spacious, and will enable her
to carry a great deal of deck cargo, horses, 
cattle, etc. The quarterdeck is raised nearly three
feet. Between and before the paddle boxes
there is a hurricane deck about 30 feet long, 
securely railed in, and affording a pleasant and
roomy promenade in fine weather, and affording
shelter on the main deck when it rains.
Her accommodations are very superior. The
main cabin runs aft to the stern, where there
are sofas making beds in the usual manner.
There are also four state rooms, each containing
two sleeping berths. Forward of the main
cabin, and running to the break of the quarter
deck, are two other cabins, each containing ten
berths, one of which is for ladies, and the other
for gentlemen. There are, in the whole, 28
berths for gentlemen, and 10 for ladies. The
ventilation appears to have been well attended
to. The fittings up, sofas, &c, are very neat.
The steerage has two sleeping apartments, one
for males and the other for females, with a mess
cabin between them. She is amply provided
with cutlery, earthenware, glass, &c, all of
which is stamped with the Company's name, and
a representation of the vessel.
It will be seen by this description that the
Waratah is a very splendid ship, and we only
hope that the enterprising company for whom
she was built may find remunerative employ-
ment for her and the Yarra (now hourly expected), 
and may be induced, as the trade of the
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colony extends, to provide other vessels of equal
staunchness to trade upon our coasts.

This Waratah was sold to a Shanghai concern in the 1860's.

similar to Waratah.

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