27["New Steamer for Nor'-West", The Hedland Advocate (Port Hedland, WA), Saturday 10 April 1909, page 6]

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Gratifying in the highest degree, to the pride of Nor'-Westers, was the announcement, on Sunday morning, that the s.s. Koombana was steaming up the entrance. Her supremacy (over other vessels visiting the port) in architectural model, equipment, and nautical appliances and conveniences had preceded her. A large number of Hedland residents forsook their usual Sunday diversions to witness the arrival of their hopes - a boat suitable for the Nor'-West passenger traffic and merchandise, and not one murmur of disappointment was heard; in fact, even those whose business interests would be expected to lead them to express an adverse opinion on the boat were heard to remark, "She will take some beating." In fact, the eulogies of the southern daily papers were thought to under-estimate the ship's worth from a Nor'-West point of view. The wildest dreams of residents in this climate, who contemplate a comfortable sea trip, are here realised: a luxuriously furnished bedroom, with every other conceivable comfort and convenience thrown in.