The Nautical Mystery of the SS Waratah

By Marion Wijnberg

It may come as a surprise to some that the Bermuda Triangle is not the only area where ships can disappear without a trace. There are many reasons why ships sink and usually parts of them are found eventually. However, this is a case in which nothing has been found for over 100 years and she didn’t go down in the Bermuda Triangle. Although it’s been over 100 years, the SS Waratah remains lost but definitely not forgotten.

There is a rugged and dangerous eastern coastline of South Africa, between Durban and Cape Town, that is known as the Wild Coast. It’s been over 100 years since the SS Waratah disappeared off the rocky Wild Coast. This ship has since been dubbed as Australia’s Titanic. We all know why the “unsinkable” Titanic sank and when. The RMS Titanic’s fateful voyage ended only four days into the ship’s iconic voyage on the night of April 14th through the morning of April 15th, 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean by hitting an iceberg. It was travelling from Southampton to New York City.

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