A vintage photograph of SS 'Waratah' in July 1909, at Ocean Steamers Wharf, Port Adelaide, prior to leaving Adelaide on her final voyage, when she disappeared without trace. SS 'Waratah'.

A vintage photograph of SS 'Waratah' in July 1909, at Ocean Steamers Wharf, Port Adelaide, prior to leaving Adelaide on her final voyage, when she disappeared without trace

A gloss-finish gelatin silver photograph (visible image size 192 × 272 mm), behind glass in its original timber frame (373 × 450 mm), with a gilt fillet over the glass; the window mat is wood-grained, possibly cut from a veneer sheet; both the photograph and frame are in excellent condition. The photographer is not identified.

The SS 'Waratah' (9339 tons) was built for the Blue Anchor Line; she was 'designed to carry emigrants to Australia and cargo on her way home to England.... [Her] maiden voyage from London to Adelaide started on 6 November 1908 and arrived in Adelaide on 15 December and at Sydney on Christmas Eve 1908. She was back in London on 7 March 1909 ... Without any delay she was loaded again and started her second trip for Australia on 27 April with cargo and nearly 200 passengers, arriving in Adelaide on 6 June. After visiting Melbourne and Sydney she was back at Port Adelaide on 2 July. In Adelaide she took on 300 tons of Lead concentrates and a large quantity of refrigerated meat and boxes of butter and grain, a total of 6,665 tons as well as 82 passengers. After leaving Adelaide on 7 July she arrived a day ahead of schedule in Durban on 25 July. Here she unloaded some of her cargo before proceeding to Cape Town to take on more passengers and coal for the remainder of the voyage. After leaving Durban she disappeared. The last possible sighting of her was by the "Guelph" on the night of 27 July' during a violent storm (Flinders Ranges Research website). Among the South Australians on board were Agnes Grant Hay (nee Gosse) and one of her daughters; Agnes was the widow of Alexander Hay (1820-1898), merchant, pastoralist and politician, perhaps best remembered for Mount Breckan at Victor Harbor, his grand 38-room residence.

Item #118959

Price (AUD): $450.00

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