22["Nor'-West Cyclone", Geraldton Guardian (WA), Thursday 28 March 1912, page 2]

Nor'-West Cyclone.

Koombana Still Missing.

Perth, March 28.

Notwithstanding the search, no cheering message has been received regarding the Koombana.

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The Bullarra sailed from Hedland for Broome yesterday, and will examine Turtle and Bedout Islands, and make a thorough search. She has abundance of food and fuel for the Koombana.

The Koombana was last seen on the 20th two hours out from Port Hedland by the Bullarra. She was then steering north-east, and the gale was then blowing from the east-north-east.

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Local Anxiety.

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Rumors were as usual numerous and varied. By some it was asserted that the missing steamer had been discovered by the s.s. Gorgon, and by others that she had made her way to Wyndham. These, of course, were groundless, for up to late this afternoon no further developments had occurred.

We understand that on news being received concerning the missing steamer, it will be posted up at the post office, and Mr. Faulkner (manager of the local branch of the A.S.S. Company) states immediately he hears the steamer has been found, the house flag of the company will be run up.

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By some it is believed that the Koombana may have lost her propeller or steering gear, and consequently, although safe for the time being, be unable to make her way back to port. It is devoutly to be hoped that nothing worse than this has occurred.

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