british Blue Anchor Line - W. Lund & Sons SS Waratah (+1909)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1908
is nickname no
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 9339  grt
dimensions 141.7 x 18 x 8.2 m
material steel
engine 2 x 4-cylinder triple expansion reciprocating steam engines, 5 boilers, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 1003  n.h.p.
speed 13.5  knots
yard no. 472
IMO/Off. no. 125741
about the loss
cause lost foundered
date lost 28/07/1909  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.211rank: 418
about people
builder
Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
owner
Blue Anchor Line - W. Lund & Sons, London
captain Ilbery, J.F.
no. of crew 119
no. of passengers 92
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updates
entered by Allen Tony
entered 19/10/2005
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 14/10/2013
 
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[1] Lettens Jan22/05/2009
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Allen Tony22/05/2009Waratah SS was a British Ocean Liner of 9,339grt owned by Blue Anchor Line. On the 28th July 1909 when on a voyage from Durban to Capetown she foundered off the South African Coast in a severe storm. Loss of 211 lives.
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 Stuart Cameron, clydesite.co.uk
Lettens Jan09/05/2012Heartbreaking is the following extract from the list of passengers:

Name Boarded Bound
Turner, Mr. David Durban London
Turner, Mrs. Durban London
Turner child aged 14 Durban London
Turner child aged 12 Durban London
Turner child aged 7 Durban London
Turner child aged 6 Durban London
Turner child aged 3 Durban London
Dunn, Mrs. Durban London
Dunn, child aged 7 Durban London
Dunn, child aged 2 Durban London
Stocken, Mr. W. Durban London
Stocken, Mrs. Durban London
Stocken child aged 5 Durban London
Stocken child aged 2 Durban London
Lettens Jan28/07/20111999
Reports reached the newspapers that the Waratah had been found 10 km off the Eastern coast of South Africa (Addley). A sonar scan conducted by Emlyn Brown´s team had indeed located a wreck whose outline seemed to match that of the Waratah.
2001
A closer inspection revealed differences between the Waratah and the wreck. It appears that the team had in fact found the Nailsea Meadow, a ship which had been sunk in the Second World War.
2004
Emlyn Brown, who had by now spent 22 years looking for the Waratah declared that he was giving up the search:

I´ve exhausted all the options. I now have no idea where to look.

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About Owners
 
Blue Anchor Line - W. Lund & Sons, London

Founded 1869 by Wilhelm Lund to ship passengers to Australia. Existed till 1910, when P&O took it over, 1 year after the disaster with S/S Waratah in 1909.
 
About Builders
 Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Whiteinch (Glasgow)
John Barclay became a shipbuilder and repairer in 1818 and passed on the business to his son Robert. Robert was joined in partnership in 1845 by Robert Curle and James Hamilton, when the firm became Barclay, Curle & Co.
 
 
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