43["The Koombana Inquiry", The Hedland Advocate (Port Hedland, WA), Saturday 25 May 1912, page 10]

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Before the vessel left port, Hedlandites were preparing their houses for defence against attacks of a threatening blow. Scores of people discussed the weather outlook with Capt. Allen, who gave everyone, including the writer, the impression that he did not want to leave port. "Twenty-four hours here," he declared to the writer, "will not hurt; I might bump the outer bar going out on a sea like this." Capt. Allen's attitude change immediately Capt. Upjohn had a conversation with him, after which he said, "I am going out; the Broome passengers, who think they will get to Broome to-morrow, will be lucky if they get there on Saturday--I'm going straight out to sea, and will fill my tanks when I get outside."

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The ship's propellor was showing when anchored at the jetty, and raced out of the water as she sailed over the rolling seas at the harbor's entrance; the boat also rolled heavily when the wind struck her on the starboard side--so much so that those who were watching her exclaimed "She'll be over directly".

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