40["The Koombana", The West Australian, Thursday 11 April 1912, page 5]



Captain Egan, of the Howard Smith Line, who was schoolmate with Captain Allen, of the ill-fated steamer Koombana, now missing on the North-West coast of Australia, has, says the "Sun" (Sydney), received what is apparently the last letter written by the latter to any of his friends in Sydney. It was dated March 8, and in it Captain Allen said that he had got through the worst of the season as far as the climate was concerned. "I just kept clear of a blow last trip," he added, "but as soon as I got round the North-West Cape it started, so my luck was in that time."