35["The Lost Waratah", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Friday 11 March 1910, page 9]




The publication of the story told by Mr. Day, ex-second officer of the steamer Tottenham, to the effect that the crew of the vessel had sighted dead bodies off the South African coast ten days after the Waratah disappeared, has excited interest in Australia as well as a feeding of intense surprise that incidents of such a sensational character should have been withheld from public knowledge for so long a time.


The one fact that restrains the reader from placing complete credence in Mr. Day's story consists in the failure of Captain Cox, master of the Tottenham, to report his sensational discovery at any of his ports of call, although eight months have since elapsed, and although, when he was recently in the port of Melbourne, he saw that money was being raised by the anxious friends of passengers on the Waratah and their sympathisers te charter a steamer to make a second search for the missing vessel. But Mr. Day has stated, in dealing with this phase of the question, that strict instructions were given on the Tottenham not to say anything about the affair. What Captain Cox's reason for giving such orders would be can only be surmised.