41["The Waratah", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA), Monday 31 March 1913, page 16]
A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE.
Sydney, March 30.
Captain E. Hillman, of the island mail steamer Malaita, brought a bottle given to him by natives of the south-east end of Tanna, New Hebrides. The bottle contained a note in pencil, which read:--"We are lost. There is no hope. (Signed) G. W. E., Waratah." Captain Hillman said that he did not believe that the bottle was a hoax. The name of a Melbourne firm was blown into the bottle. The cork was screwed in, keeping it watertight, so that the note was well preserved.
In support of the suggestion that the note was genuine, Captain Hillman mentioned the finding of a buoy belonging to the Waratah on the Manakau Head, New Zealand, two years after the liner disappeared off the South African coast. That discovery has awakened much interest among mariners and others concerning ocean currents. Captain Hillman is quite satisfied that the bottle could have come from the Waratah, missing the land at New Zealand, and being carried from Auckland to the spot where it was found.
Mr. P. Fawcett Storey, director of the local agents for the Waratah, is of the opinion that the message had not come from the Waratah. "The Waratah," said Mr. Storey, "carried all Schweppes waters, and this to some extent was proof "that the bottle had not come from the steamer."