["New Nor'-West Steamer", Geraldton Guardian (WA), Saturday 13 March 1909, page 3]

New Nor'-West Steamer.


The latest addition to the Adelaide S.S. Co's. fleet, the fine and luxuriously fitted up steamer Koombana, which arrived at Geraldton this morning after a 19 hours run from Fremantle under easy steam, is certainly the most up-to-date boat ever berthed at the Geraldton jetty. The accommodation for both first and second saloon passengers is on a par with that provided by the English mail boats. On leaving Fremantle she had 120 passengers on board, 44 of whom landed at Geraldton. She also brought 400 tons of general cargo for this port. The Koombana is in charge of Captain J. Rees, who was sent home to England to bring her out. She is a steel screw steamer of 3,760 tons register, and was constructed by Messrs. A. Stevens and Son at Glasgow. Her principal dimensions are: 340ft. between perpendiculars, 48ft. 2in. beam, and 20ft. 8in. in depth. She was constructed under the British Corporation shelter deck rules as an up-to-date steamer, carrying first and second class passengers, and a large number of cattle, as well as a considerable quantity of cargo. The vessel as she drew alongside the jetty this morning presented an imposing appearance, and during tho afternoon she was visited by large numbers of people who were loud in their praises of the general accommodation and equipment of the vessel. She is lavishly decorated, the saloon being upholstered with purple plush. The state rooms are well ventilated, and each room leads directly on to the deck and as one visitor was heard to remark, she is almost too good for the Nor'-West trade. On her present trip she has 40 tons of perishable cargo in her refrigerating chambers for Nor'-West ports. A great feature of the Koombana are the hydraulic cranes for handling cargo at the main hatch. They work silently and quickly, and are operated with the greatest ease, the mere moving of a lever being sufficient. They take up much less deck room than the old-fashioned and rattling winches. The Koombana is described as an exceptionally fine sea boat and is capable of maintaining a speed of 15 knots. On her maidon trip out between Durban and Fremantle she averaged 13 knots, and on her present trip, under easy steam, she averaged 12 knots. She was drawing about 17 feet of water on arrival. The Koombana continues her voyage to the Nor'-West at daybreak tomorrow morning, and will ship 50 tons of general cargo and 200 ram lambs in addition to the following passengers: Messrs. H. Wilson, E. Penzin, T. Connor, P. Byone, G. Bates, E. [unclear], I. Ryan, F. Collen, T. Henderson and a native.