Thursday, 15 June 2017


The Register, Adelaide, 29 April, 1910.

LONDON. April 28.
Considerable anxiety is felt in Capetown
regarding the safety of the British-India,
steamer Carpentaria (5,766 tons), which
sailed from Port Adelaide on March 30, 
and is overdue on the voyage between 
Port Natal and Capetown. This is the route
which the Waratah took on her last trip.
—Movements of Steamer.—

The Carpentaria is well known in Australian 
waters, having traded to the Com
monwealth continuously since she was
launched at the end of 1901. She is a steel
screw steamer of 5.766 tons gross 
measurement and 3,756 tons net register, 
and was specially designed to meet the 
requirements of the Australian produce 
trade. For this purpose four of her holds 
were insulated, giving her 175,655 cubic ft. 
of space for cargo requiring to be refrigerated 
in transit from Australia to the United Kingdom.
She commenced loading for London at
Queensland in February, took in additional
cargo at Sydney and Melbourne, and 
completed loading at Port Adelaide on March
30, whence the sailed for Durban. She
arrived at the Natal port on the morning
of April 20, and would have left there in
the course of about 24 hours. She is a 12
knot vessel, and in ordinary circumstances
would steam between Durban and Cape
town in four days.

—Description of Vessel.—

She is what is known as a shelter-deck
steamer, that is, with a full sweep of decking 
running right fore and aft, and possessed, 
comparatively speaking, limited passenger 
accommodation, and still less top hamper. 
Lloyd's put her in their highest class. Her 
length over all is 430.3 ft., beam 53.2 ft., 
and depth 29.8 ft. She was built at Glasgow, 
and supplied with triple expansion engines 
by Richardson, Westgarth, and Co., Limited. 
Her owners are the British India Steam 
Navigation Company, limited, and she has 
been trading to Australia under the auspices 
of the Federal Houlder-Shire combine, of 
which Elder, Smith, & Co., Limited, are the 
Adelaide representatives.

—The Captain —

The master of the Carpentaria is Capt.
J. S. Hutchison, who has been in charge of
the steamer since 1906. He is a mariner of
long experience, and has made many voyages 
to and from Australia by the Cape route. He is 
well known at all the chief Australian ports, and 
is held in high esteem as a careful navigator 
and thorough seaman. '

— Cargo.—

The Carpentaria had on board a large,
varied, and valuable cargo of produce, as :
will be seen from the following particulars
of the cargo she received at Australian
ports:— From Rockhamplon— 3,500 carcases
of mutton, 500 quarters beef, 1,200 cases
preserved meats, 100 tons tallow, 500 bales
wool, 470 bales sheepskins. From Brisbane—
5,700 quarters beef, 24,000 carcases mutton,
320 boxes lard, 300 crates small goods
(meat), 1,200 crates cheese, 10 bales cot- ,
ton. 800 bales wool, 3.000 hides, 180 tons 
tallow, 200 bales sheepskins, 10,000 super
ft. sawn timber. 110 tons ore. From Sydney
—550 bales wool, 18 casks pelts, 206 hides
14 bales horns, 265 bales skins, 5 bales
clippings, 426 packages timber, 276 sleepers,
0.452 cross arms, 746 felloes, 1,412 cases
meats, 5,882 carcases mutton and lamb. 307
quarters beef, 193 casks tallow, 10 bags
facings, 26 cases merchandise. 7 rolls leather, 
1,931 bags wheat, 1.803 bags ore, 1,130
bags ricemeal, 1,438 ingots tin, 11,882 bars
lead. Landed at Durban— 296 packages timber, 
135 bags wheat. 13 casks casings, 235
cases meat, 1,000 carcases mutton, 222
crates rabbits, 22 bales leather. From Melbourne
— 20 bales wool, 4.450 cases fruit, 200
balm skins, 25 tons tallow. 52 bales clippings
10 tons cheese, 8,000 carcases mutton. From 
Port Adelaide— 2.775 cases fresh fruit, 120 bales 
skins, 452 bales wool, 97 bales furskins, 3,211 
carcases mutton, 1,381 crates rabbits, 34 crates 
poultry, 350 cases preserved meats. 4,720 bags 
wheat, 62 bales skin pieces, 3 ingots tin, 3 bales

The Mercury, Hobart, 30 April, 1910.

LONDON, April 28.
The steamer Carpentaria, of 5,70
tons Register, and belonging to the
British India Steam Navigation Co.,
was seen on Wednesday, the 27th 
inst., off Cape Morgan, between the 
Great Kei River and East London. 
She was then steering towards 
Durban, and signalled that she did 
not require any assistance. The 
Carpentaria has her rudder stock 

So many distraught people hoped that this was the case with Waratah. It was not to be.

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