16["The New Steamer Waratah", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Tuesday 29 September 1908, page 10]


Lund's Blue Anchor liner Waratah, which was launched on September 12, will leave London on November 6 on her maiden vovage to Australia. She will leave Adelaide on her return voyage about January 9. It is only suitable that a firm who have been so long connected with the shipping trade, between England and Australia, via South Africa, as have Messrs. W. Lund & Sons, should christen their vessels with Australian names, as for instance the Narrung, Wilcannia, Wakool, Commonwealth, and Geelong, which are the names of steamers at present composing the Blue Anchor line fleet. Another Australian name is to be given to the fine vessel about to be added to the line, namely, the Waratah. Although the origin of this name does not appear clear at present, it is doubtless aboriginal, and it is the name borne by the national flower of New South Wales.

The steamer which is to bear this name is a twin-screw vessel of some 10,000 tons, her principal dimensions being being as follows:--Length, 480 ft.; breadth 59 ft.; depth. 38 ft. The vessel will be classed 100 Al at Lloyds. The steamer is divided into seven watertight compartments, and has a cellular double bottom extending practically the full length of the snip. The Waratah will cater for the conveyance of first and third class passengers, and the greatest care and attention has been paid to all the small details which will go to make the ship one of the most comfortable steamers afloat. No first saloon cabins are situated lower than the bridge deck, so that passengers will be able at practically all times to leave their cabin ports open. On this deck there are 24 cabins, containing two sleeping berths and a long sofa fitted with a spring mattress, and there are also two exceptionally large four-berth cabins (each with a sofa in addition), suitable for families. At the forward end of the bridge deck is placed the dining saloon, which is a fine apartment, capable of seating 100 passengers, and a large number of the tables are arranged on the restaurant system, which is one of the latest popular innovations on board steamers, and now being used for the first time in the South African and Australasian trades. The pantry and serving room are situated close to the dining saloon, but completely bulk-headed off from the passenger accommodation, so that it will be impossible for the smell of food to reach the cabins. Next to the family cabins on this deck is a good sized nursery.

On the promenade deck is a large lobby, at the forward end of which is the drawing-room, a commodious apartment containing piano, four writing tables, and lounges conveniently placed for passenger wishing to play cards, &c. This room is lighted by means of large square windows and a dome from the boat deck ahove. which runs through to the dining saloon below. Opening on to the lobby already mentioned are six single-berthed cabins, fitted with a square window each, and two large two-berth cabins, each with a porthole as well as a square window. The lower berths in these two choice rooms, as well as in some of the other cabins on the ship, are extensible, in order that, when required, they may form double beds, 4 ft. wide. Aft will be found 12 more two-berth cabins, all of large size. Right at the after end of this deck is a recessed deck lounge, fitted with tables, and here passengers will obtain perfect shelter whilst at the same time being able to sit out in the open.

On the after end of the boat deck is a spacious smoking-room, panelled in oak, with skylight overhead, and containing writing and card tables. There is a bar attached. Outside this room is another open-air lounge, with tables, and it is anticipated that this innovation (fitted for the first time on a steamer in this trade) will he thoroughly appreciated by passengers. The forward end of the boat deck is reserved for passengers, in addition to the promenade deck. On this deck are also arranged the captain's and navigating officers' cabins, and above is the navigating bridge, at a height of about 50 ft. above sea level level.

Every saloon cabin on this line is fitted in a manner to ensure the maximum amount of comfort to be obtained in a temporary home on the sea. and in every cabin for more than one passenger is a chest of drawers, a large wardrobe for ladies' dresses, in addition to patent washbasin, bootlocker, and drawers underneath the sofas. In the after part of the steamer, situated on the upper and main decks, is accommodation for 300 third-class passengers in cabins arranged with two, four, six, and eight berths. The comfort of these who wish to travel at a low fare has been well considered. The passenger who a few years ago booked at what was, and still is, known as the "open berth rate," will be able to obtain a berth in a six-berth or eight-berth cabin at the same charge. On the upper deck is a comfortable dining saloon, extending the full breadth of the vessel, fitted with revolving chairs, and at the after end of the deck and completely shut off from the cabins, are five bathrooms and up-to-date lavatory accommodation. Above the upper deck is a promenade reserved exclusively for third-class passengers, and a further promenade is provided on the boat deck overhead. Also on the promenade deck are found the smoking room and ladies' lounge. A piano is fitted in the dining saloon for the use of third class passengers.

The Waratah is fitted with ample hospital accommodation, and the services of the ship's doctor are always at tlie disposal of passengers needing them. Two or more stewardesses are carried to attend to the requirements of ladies. The ship is lighted by electricity throughout, and all saloon cabins and public apartments are fitted with electric bells. The vessel is fitted with two sets of quadruple expansion engines which will be balanced to ensure of there being little or no vibration. They will be of great power, capable of driving the ship at a high speed. The most up to-date refrigerating plant has been installed, so that all on board will be provided ivith fresh provisions, vegetables, fruit etc., throughout the voyage. The Waratah will have close upon 15,000 tons of space for the carriage of coal, and general and refrigerated cargo, and to deal with this tremendous quantity the ship is fitted with appliances ensuring the quickest possible delivery to merchants.