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The Mystery of the Waratah

On July 28, 1909, the SS Waratah was sighted by a passing ship off the east coast of South Africa, en route to London from Sydney. She was carrying 211 passengers and crew, many of them Australian. The ship was never seen again, but no bodies or debris were ever recovered. The location of the wreck of the Waratah remains a complete mystery. The 9339-ton steamship had been built in Glasgow the previous year for the Blue Anchor Line. She was a luxurious passenger liner, but was also intended as an emigrant ship for the UK–Australia run. Her salon walls…

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