3a["The New Steamer Koombana", Daily News (Perth, WA), Tuesday 04 May 1909, page 9]

THE NEW STEAMER KOOMBANA.

HER NOR'-WEST PASSAGE.

SOME STARTLING RUMOURS.

A WIRE RECEIVED BY THE ADELAIDE S.S. COMPANY.

During this morning the mercantile shipping circles at Fremantle have been much excited in connection with wild rumors floating round the town concerning an alleged mishap to the new steamer Koombana. It has been reported that a telegram received at Fremantle stated that the vessel had struck a rock outside Broome; in fact, one rumor actually stated that she was a complete wreck. Although investigations have been made by our representative, tho source of this information could not be determined. Mr. Lewis, acting manager for the Adelaide S.S. Company, stated this afternoon that he had received a message from Captain John Rees to the effect that the vessel had the vessel had struck something on going in to Broome. On her arrival he had had her properly examined, and could find nothing wrong, The Koombana left Broome yesterday morning at 8 o'clock, and is expected to arrive at Port Hedland on her journey down to Fremantle this morning.

Later advice received from the Nor'-West during the afternoon stated that tho Koombana arrived at Port Hedland at 9.45 this morning, and resumed her voyage down the coast after a brief stay of two hours.

3b["Shipping", The West Australian, Wednesday 05 May 1909, page 6]

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S.S. KOOMBANA.

STRIKES AN OBSTRUCTION NEAR BROOME.

Yesterday sensational rumours were circulated at Fremantle regarding the safety of the Adelaide Company's new steamer Koombana, which it was at one period alleged had struck a rock outstide Broome, and had become a total wreck. During the morning the local office of the company was besieged with inquiries as to the foundation for the rumours. During the afternoon, however, an official telegram was received by Mr. Lewis, acting-manager of the Adelaide S.S. Company, from Captain Rees, to the effect that the vessel had struck something when nearing Broome on her way down the coast. On arrival during low tide, the bottom of the vessel had been examined and found to be unimpaired. She subsequently took her departure on Monday morning for Port Hedland, at which place she arrived at 9.40 a.m yesterday, leaving again at half-past 11 o'clock for Cossack, en route to Fremantle via ports.

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