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LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.
Mr. Hoehling concludes his excellent section on Waratah by exploring some further revelations long after Waratah and her souls were gone to a watery grave. 1939: timbers thought to have originated from Waratah washed up at the mouth of the Bashee River. Thi...

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INQUIRY CONCLUSION. A. HOEHLING.
I have examined the Inquiry transcript in great detail through the course of this blog. Mr. Hoehling draws attention to the essence of this much-awaited official investigation into the loss of Waratah. The Court convened in December of 1910, and after two m...

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BOTTLE MESSAGES.
Mr. Hoehling refers to no less than 5 hoax bottle messages having been picked up on the coast of Australia alone, purporting to have been last words from the doomed Waratah. Examples of such: The Advertiser (Adelaide) Saturday 5 February, 1910. THE WARATAH....

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DID WARATAH VANISH WITHOUT A TRACE?
1. Local 'natives' attempted to sell a lifebuoy from the Waratah to a 'white' trader, claiming that it was found at the mouth of the Bashee River. Date unknown (probably  August / September, 1909)   2.  15 September, 1909 , a fisherman at Swartvlei, near Ge...

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THE SABINE AND WAKEFIELD.
Searches for the missing Waratah continued, and Sabine, 3800 tons, loaded with 4000 tons of coal, departed Cape Town to search the Indian Ocean over a period of 3 months, armed with a powerful search-light. After this expensive gamble the captain had only t...

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THE WAIKATO.
Mr. Hoehling continues with all hope pinned on the remote possibility that Waratah was adrift in the great Southern Ocean heading back to her point of origin, the Antipodes, based on the case of the Waikato: Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918)   Friday ...

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THE INSIZWA
At the same time as the master of the Tottenham was deliberating what was to be done about the sighting of bodies afloat, Captain W.A. Moore, of the Insizwa (off the Bashee River) was confronting a similar dilemma. Instead of acknowledging four fully clothe...

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THE TOTTENHAM.
Mr. Hoehling gives a detailed account of the sighting of bodies by the crew of the Tottenham. 11 August, '25 n miles' southwest of East London, in the vicinity of the Great Fish River, seaman Curtis, at the wheel of the Tottenham, called officer John Noble ...

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THE SEARCH.
Mr. Hoehling details the extensive yet unsuccessful searches for the missing Waratah starting with the tug Thomas Fuller sent out from Cape Town to comb the coast, but due to severe weather conditions had to return to Cape Town without any news of Waratah. ...
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