Wednesday, 26 July 2017
TEARS MINGLED WITH THE RAIN.
The Advocate, 14 July, 1909.
Ranking next in importance to the
case of the Marie Celeste is the mys-
tery of the Waratah. Who can forget
the thrill of horror that ran round the
world when the news came through
from Capetown that the Waratah was
On June 26, 1909, the Waratah sailed
out of Sydney on her second and last
voyage to London. Durban was reach
on July 25. Bound for Capetown,
Waratah left there the next day
passengers. She was expect
at Capetown on Friday, July 29.
Ten hours after leaving Durban, on
July 27, a signal from the Waratah was
picked up by the steamer Clan Macin
also bound for London, via Dur
Greetings were exchanged be
the Clan Macintyre, which sig
"Good-bye. A pleasant pas
the Waratah sent back the
"Same to you." That was
the last that
was heard of the Wara
On July 28 there was a fierce gale,
and on the 30th great anxiety, was felt
in Capetown for the Waratah, for no
news of any kind had been received.
The storm was still raging when, on
Sunday, the T. E. Fuller, equipped, for
salvage work, left the Capetown Docks
to search for the missing Waratah.
Hundreds of people, impelled either
by fear for the safety of those they
loved or through curiosity, came down
to wish the T. E. Fuller God-speed and
success in its mission.
"I shall never forget the sight,"
said an eye witness. "The tears of
the women mingled with the rain that
beat on their wan faces. Oilskin clad,
the men stood by, sombre-eyed and
with heavy hearts. Knowing the coast,
as they did, they could not hope; they
could only wait.''
On Monday the tug returned, bat
by the waves and weather. Its
had been fruitless. No news,
or bad, could it bring of
the Waratah to
her friends in Cape-
andrew van rensburg
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