Monday, 19 June 2017


"With great waves seething over the sunken rocks,
however, it was impossible to approach
the doomed steamer, which took a series
of lurches to starboard, and finally, about
noon, disappeared into the sea."

Chinese steamer Tak Yui, 1914.

If the Waratah did founder 0.5 miles off the St John reef, there was good enough reason for the Harlow not to have gone back to investigate. It was night, the currents notorious and the extent of reefs off the Wild Coast poorly documented on charts. It would have been 'impossible to approach the doomed steamer'.

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