Thursday, 15 June 2017


Much will always be said about the dearth of wreckage from Waratah. It is interesting to read the following extract from Editors' The Titanic:

Captain Stanley Lord of the Californian later testified, “I don't know what time we got there.  I think he was taking the last boat up when I got there.  …  I saw several empty boats, some floating planks, a few deck chairs, and cushions; but considering the size of the disaster, there was very little wreckage. It seemed more like an old fishing boat had sunk.

Charles River Editors. The Titanic: The History and Legacy of the World’s Most Famous Ship from 1907 to Today (Kindle Locations 2483-2486). Charles River Editors. Kindle Edition.

Astounding when one considers the size of Titanic!!

Waratah was less than a third the size of Titanic and we DEMAND that there must have been loads of clearly identifiable wreckage.

Come on...

the Californian



Mole said...

There was said to have been a deck chair found with a partial name beginning with W - is that substantiated?

andrew van rensburg said...

Yes there was, Mole. With all the potential pieces of wreckage discovered from Waratah, none were confirmed as such and my impression is that very little attempt was made to investigate such findings. Why? The Lunds, once the drifting theory was abandoned, actively steered the investigation in the direction of Waratah succumbing to the storm of 'exceptional violence' which could not account for a deckchair being discovered at Coffee Bay - too far up the coast. The same can be said for charred wreckage discovered at Port Alfred - although further down, the obvious fire-damage suggested a catastrophic fire on board - The Lunds definitely did not want this confirmed. Ultimately there was quite a lot of wreckage discovered, probably originating from Waratah: