30a["Arrival of the Junee", The Register (Adelaide, SA), Tuesday 30 April 1907, page 8]



The Junee, the new steamer which has been built by the Adelaide Steamship Company for general cargo and stock trade on the Australian coast, arrived at Port Adelaide on Monday evening from the eastern States on her maiden visit to Port Adelaide. The Junee is a sister ship of the Sea Belle, and is exactly like her, except that her arrangements have been adapted to the Australian trade. The builders of this steamer were Messrs. Mackie & Thompson, of Glasgow, and she is classed 100A1 at Lloyd's. The Junee is constructed of steel, and her dimensions arc 312 ft. by 42 ft. beam and 18ft. 6in. in depth. The gross tonnage is 3,132, and her dead weight capacity about 4,000 tons. On her trial trip, when fully loaded, the Junee averaged 11 knots. Messrs. D. Rowan & Co. have equipped the vessel with triple expansion engines of 1,500 indicated horsepower. Capt. T. Allen, formerly of the South Australian pilot service, who is in command, brought the steamer out from Glasgow. She is to leave for Western Australia this afternoon.

30b["Captain of the Koombana", The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.), Wednesday 03 April 1912, page 5]


Captain T. M. Allen, of the Koombana, was a well-known shipmaster in the inter-State trade. He was born in 1860, the son of the late Captain B. Allen. He received his only education at the Port Adelaide Grammar School, under the tuition of Mr. A. (now inspector) Martin. Having a love for the sea, he served his apprenticeship, and then spent a number of years on sailing vessels. He joined the service of the Adelaide Steamship Company and later left the company's employ to take charge of the tug Eleanor, owned by the Adelaide Steam-tug Company. Ho was master of the tug for several years, and gained much practical experience in manoeuvring big vessels up and down the Port Adelaide River, which then was not so navigable as now. Later on he resigned his position, and re-entered the Adeiinde Steamship Company's employ until his appointment in 1897 to the pilot service. He rendered valuable service as a pilot, and the first craft he piloted up the river was the steamer Port Elliot, of 2,295 tons, which he berthed without mishap. He was chosen in 1901 to take the Royal yacht Ophir up the Port River on the occasion of the visit of the present King and Queen to Australia. He was one of the most skilful navigators in Australia, and held an extra-master's certificate. He was the first South Australian born subject to receive this distinction. Captain Allen also possessed exemption certificates for the principal ports in the Commonwealth. He was quartermaster of the Orient steamer Cuzco when that vessel broke her screw shaft at sea, and he was one of a couple of hands who volunteered to go over the ship's stern and secure the propeller, notwithstanding that there was a heavy sea and that a great piece of ironwork was swinginng about in a dangerous manner. He had been master of the barques J. L. Hall and Verulam, also of the brigantine Annie Brown. By the Adelaide Steamship Company he was regarded as a most competent navigator, and directors and shareholders were sorry to lose his services when he took the position of pilot. He commanded the Tekapo in 1891, and was transferred to the Adelaide in 1893, and then to the Woollowra and Marloo. He resigned from the pilot service in 1906, and once again joined his old company. In 1907 he brought out from England the steamer Junee, and in the early part of 1908 he navigated the Echunga to Australia. Captain J. Rees of the Winfield was in charge of the Koombana prior to Captain Allen taking command.