4[Low, James Galloway, Letters, 1904-91, Battye Library, ACC 2612A (listing: MN 681), Letter from Jim to his friend Peggy, 09 May 1909]

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We have been very unfortunate these two trips, first in Shark's Bay we ran on a sandbank at full speed and stuck there for over a fortnight, had to send down to Fremantle for a ship to help us off it was a long hard job. Then this last trip shortly after leaving Broome we struck a reef, at full speed again and bumped clear over it knocking at least one hole in the bottom, of course we are built with a double bottom which was the only thing that saved us from going right under. I was on watch at the time and the third time she struck it was right under the engine room nearly stopping the engines up dead then the stern lifted up and she raced off and lay over on her side, I thought it was all up with her but she righted up again. There has been a diver down today to find out the damage but we dont know yet how serious it is. If he can't fix it off we will have to go round to Melbourne or Sydney to dry dock.

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This is Tuesday and I've been off duty since breakfast time. They wont pay us overtime so we are getting a day off now and again instead. I've done a couple of letters as it was wet. The diver reports no serious damage to the bottom so we leave tomorrow for the run up again, the diver may be right. You'll notice we don't get much time in port.

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