The following extract relates to the loss of the SS Vestris. If the above be true, could a similar omission have applied to Waratah?
'§Another surprise arose when Edward Keane, inspector of hulls in the United States Steamboat Inspection Service of the Department of Commerce, admitted at the Tuttle hearings that if he had made a truthful report of his inspection of the SS Vestris, it would not have been issued clearance papers. At the Tuttle hearings, Keane reiterated testimony he gave first at the inspection service’s investigation that although in his
official report he said that he had lowered the Vestris’s lifeboats, he had not actually done so. “That being a requirement,” asked Attorney Tuttle, “unless it was done clearance papers should not be issued, should they?” “No,” the inspector agreed. Tuttle produced Keane’s official inspection report and read from it a printed question as to whether the lifeboats had been lowered. Next to this question Keane had written “yes.”'
Thayer, G. David. First to Die: The Tragic Loss of the SS Vestris (Kindle Locations 2382-2386). Rapidsoft Press ®, jointly with Our American Stories ® LLC. Kindle Edition.