11a["An Unlucky Steamer", Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), Saturday 05 June 1909, page 11]



Perth, June 4.

Since the Adelaide S.S. Company's new mail and passenger steamer Koombana has been running in the North-West trade she has been very unfortunate. On her first trip north she was delayed for about 14 days on a sandbank in Sharks' Bay. The next voyage she struck an unknown object outside Broome, and on her last passage up the North-West coast she 'touched mud' at Geraldton. The agents now notify that the well-known Huddart Parker liner Burrumbeet will leave Fremantle on Wednesday next, taking the place of the Koombana in the North-West mail service. The latter vessel is to proceed to the east in the course of a day or two.

11b["Local News", Geraldton Guardian (WA), Tuesday 08 June 1909, page 2]


The s.s. Koombana.---As announced on Saturday, the s.s. Koombana left Fremantle on Saturday for Sydney, where she will be docked. Her running in the Nor'-West mail service will be taken up temporarily by the s.s. Burrumbeet. The Koombana has been very unfortunate during the two trips she has made on this coast, as, in addition to spending several days on a sandbank at Sharks Bay, she struck some submerged object at Broome, and also grounded in coming alongside the Geraldton jetty. The result of the Broome mishap was that the Koombana dented some of the plates in her bottom and started the cement under her tanks. She will take up the Nor'-West running again in July.