6a[Wreck of the "Koombana" - photocopy of material relating to, Harbour and Lights Department, Western Australia, 1912, State Records Office of Western Australia. WAS1618 Consignment 5055 Item 001, "Copy, Log of Lugger McLhennan on a cruise in search of R.M.S. Koombana"]
Copy, Log of Lugger McLhennan on a cruise in search of R.M.S. Koombana
Monday March 25th. 4 p.m. Boarded the lugger and at once proceeded
to get ready for sea.
Tuesday March 26th. 5 a.m. Weighed and proceeded to sea. M'night
calm & cloudy. Brought up in 8 fathoms. False Cape SSE.
Wednesday March 27th. Weighed at daylight. Light N.W. winds Noon
passed Cape Bossut dist 8'. Stood in for the land and kept
it aboard till midnight. Brought up at that hour.
Thursday March 28th. Under weigh again at daylight and sailed along
the land till 4 p.m. Tacked ship at this hour and stood off
the land. 8 p.m. tacked ship and stood towards the land
anchoring in 7 fathoms at midnight.
Friday March 29th 5 a.m. weighed and with a fair wind stood along the
land close aboard. At noon wind rapidly hauling and
decreasing in force. From noon till 6 p.m. standing off
and on the coast, Solitary Island being passed 2 miles off
at this hour, and at 10 p.m. brought up with Mt Blaze
WSW dist 2 miles.
Saturday March 30th 6 a.m. weighed and stood towards the land. 7 a.m.
tacked ship and stood across towards the Amphinome
Shoals 2 p.m. Passed over banks in from 2 fathoms to 2 1/2 fathoms
water. 7 p.m. very light winds and strong tide Anchored for the
night in 11 fathoms.
Sunday March 31st. 5 a.m. under weigh for Bedout Island with moderate
S.S.W. winds and fine. 8.45 am Observed Bedout Island
bearing NW. & W1/2W. Noon Bedout Island SSE 1 1/2 miles
Tacked ship and stood along the West side iwth the S.W.
Reef close aboard. 3. pm Bore away again for the
Turtle Islands. 6 pm Passed the Big Turtlea and brought
up in 5 fathoms Turtle Island bearing NE & N about 2 miles.
Monday April 1st. 6 a.m. weighed and made sail towards Little Turtle 8 a.m.
Had the Island in sight sailed close along the reef.
9 a.m. Passed the Island and stood towards Port Hedland entering that Port at 6 a.m.
Friday April 5th. 1 p.m. Weighed and proceeded towards Broome via Bedout. Midnight Bedout Island East about 10 miles.
Saturday April 6th. 2 a.m. Rounded Bedout about 12 to 15 miles
distant, passed a piece of white painted board resembling
part of a boat bottom board but owing to the darkness
was unable to recover same. Strong winds & fine.
Set course for Bossut. Noon had light S.S.E winds
with fine clear weather Midnight fresh winds and cloudy.
Thursday April 7th. 4 a.m. Strong winds & fine. 8 a.m. Calm & fine.
Noon Breeze moderating, sea going down. Midnight Fresh S.E. winds & fine.
Friday April 8th. 2 a.m. Strong S.E. winds & fine.
4 a.m. Sounded in 11 fathoms. False Cape E.S.E. Noon Calm & clear.
9 p.m. Entered Roebuck Bay and anchored at 10 p.m. in the anchorage.
(signed) Robt. J White
6b[Dickson, Rod (transcribed & compiled), 1996, Ships Registered in Western Australia From 1856 to 1969, published by Maritime Heritage Association (Western Australia), http://www.maritimeheritage.org.au/documents/Shipping%20Register.pdf]
No.3, 1912; McLHENNAN, O/No.131625, 14.68 tons.
2 masted Schooner.
Dimensions, 39.7 x 12.3 x 4.85 feet.
Built at Fremantle by Charles Walker during 1912.
Owner :- Duncan Sinclair, of Fremantle, Fisherman.
Registry cancelled as the vessel, D Sinclair, Master, was totally lost on the 24/5/1914 when sailing to Bunbury and ran aground in a heavy squall.