Wednesday, 12 July 2017


Pilot Girling stated that when piloting the Waratah outwards to Melbourne in December, 1908 with a draught of 26 ft aft and 21 ft 6 in forward, she was very tenderindeed when rounding Schnapper Point.
There is no better example to illustrate the variability of Waratah's dead weight associated with tenderness / top heaviness. At this stage of her maiden voyage her average draft was 23.75 ft. (tender as observed), which is fully 5.25 ft. less than when she departed Durban for the last time. Top heaviness was not a static factor engraved in stone. Quoting this condition as proof that Waratah was top heavy during her final voyage is plainly ridiculous! 

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