54[Total loss of "Koombana". Charter of search ship "UNA"., Harbour and Lights Department, Western Australia, 1912, State Records Office of Western Australia. Series 2357 Cons 1066 Item 1912/0438, Report from Rantzau, master of Una to Irvine, Chief Harbourmaster, Fremantle, Tuesday 16 April 1912]

Fremantle 16th April, 1912

R.J. Lynn Limited

Ship Owners and Brokers

To the Chief Harbour Master Fremantle

Dear Sir

On my arrival at Carnarvon I was instructed by my owners Messrs. R.J. Lynn Ltd, to proceed to Geraldton and on arrival at Geraldton at 6pm on 28th March I received instructions from Harbour Master to bunker coal ex "Ashridge". After taking on board 125 tons I proceeded in accordance with your wire to Cossack Roads and arrived at Point Sampson at 9.15 p.m. on April 2nd. I then wired you on the morning of the 3rd instant and received your wire that wreckage had been found N. by W. 25 miles off Bedout Island. I proceeded direct to Bedout and made a complete search of the Islands and Reefs at low water but failed to find any wreckage. On the 4th instant 7.45 am spoke to "Bullarra" off Bedout Island and in accordance with your instructions directed him to proceed direct to Cossack. Friday April 5th proceeded from Bedout steering N.by W. and at a distance of 28 miles picked up a quantity of wreckage. At dinner time stopped in position 19.7 S. and longitude 118.53 E. Wreckage at this place seemed to come from the bottom as within the course of 15 minutes no wreckage would be visible and then it would be seen floating, indicating to me that the ship was lost at about this point. I would also like to state at this place there were a large number of sharks to be seen. Being satisfied that nothing further could be done I proceeded to Port Hedland arriving there at 1.30 am on 6th April. Wired you accordingly and on receipt of your telegram left Port Hedland Sunday 7th April 11.30 a.m. for Fremantle direct arriving there Saturday 13 April at 8.30 am.

Having a large quantity of coal to discharge I received instructions to bunker the S.S. Penguin and expect to complete this work today 16th April.

Yours faithfully

R. RANTZAU