ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
WARATAH
Type
STEAMER
Date
1874
Official Number
69769
Description
Yard Number: 191
Date of Build/Launch: April 1874

This vessel was owned by the Waratah Coal Company between 1874-1887, and registered in the Port of Sydney 48/1874.

On June 7, 1887, the WARATAH ran aground at Bulli, New South Wales and became a total wreck.

LOSS OF THE STEAM COLLIER "WARATAH”.

[BY SPECIAL WIRE. FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.)
SYDNEY, WEDNESDAY.

The steam collier “Waratah”, which was stranded on the beach at Bulli yesterday, is now embedded hard and fast in sand, and all hope of getting her off is abandoned. The tug sent from Sydney could not get near the stranded vessel on account of the heavy swell, and it is expected that the “Waratah” will soon break up. There is 5ft. of water in the engine room, and the rudder and the stern post are gone. All the movable goods and fittings in the vessel have been landed by means of slings and baskets. The vessel belongs to the Waratah Coal Company, and is fully insured in the Australian General Company, but about 400 tons of coal on board is not covered.

The net register of the vessel is 268 tons, and her gross measurement 425 tons. She was built at Aberdeen in 1874, and was regarded as one of the smartest colliers on the coast.
(Ref.:- The Argus Thursday, June 8th.1887)

The bell from this vessel is in the possession of Bunbury Historical Society, Western Australia (April 2005).

Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 1/8/1887:
Representative of the Underwriters Association inspected wreck of steamer WARATAH at North Bulli to see whether machinery could be saved. He came to the conclusion it could and operations are to be begun at once. Steamer is still lying in same position as when she first went ashore and excepting that her bulwarks have been carried away to some extent, very little damage appears to have been done, her hull being apparently no more injured than when she was first stranded.
Owner
Waratah Coal Co., Sydney
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 160 5/12' x breadth 24 1/12' x depth 13'
gross tonnage: 425 ton

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