benefited by the withdrawal of the lockout notices,
and are now getting the hulls of new
ships ready for the shipwrights and joiners.
The following figures will show how comparatively
few new orders for ships are reaching the north-east
centres - the Tyne, the Wear, the Tees, and the Hartlepool and
Another sign of the depression in trade is
the crowded state of the Tyne between
Shields and Jarrow with vessels laid up for
want of remunerative freights. In some
places steamers with their fires drawn are
moored six abreast.
Waratah was conceived and built during tough times, which might in part, explain why Barclay, Curle and Co won the tender and agreed to build the new flagship for a budget price (compared with other similarly sized luxury steamers of the era). Having won the tender and later the controversy and hints at liability, management at Barclay, Curle and Co might very possibly have regretted their decision.