Bow, Harry

[SS "Koombana": list of crew as per copy of Articles at shipping office, Fremantle, Adelaide Steamship Company, April 1912. provided to the author by Jean Northover, City Beach, Western Australia]



H. Bow, night watchman 29 Dorset


["Story of the Koombana", The Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sunday 31 March 1912, page 12]

"H. Bow, night watchman"

["The Crew", The West Australian, Wednesday 03 April 1912, page 7]

The following is the complete crew which left with the vessel, according to the records in the Adelaide Co.'s office:--


J. Coughlan, fore cabin steward; H. Stanley, bar and store keeper; G. A. Gee, saloon waiter; W. P. Black, pantryman; H. Bow, night watchman;..

[Wreck of the KOOMBANA - letters re men's estates, Correspondence between the office of the Chief Harbourmaster, Fremantle, and the families of lost crewmembers, Harbour and Lights Department, 1912. State Records Office of Western Australia, AN16/5 Cons 1056 Item 062]

Harry Bow, 29, Dorset,..

["The Koombana", The West Australian, Friday 12 April 1912, page 7]


The following official list of the names of the crew who signed on the s.s. Koombana's articles and who were supposed to have gone in the vessel is supplied by the Shipping Master of Fremantle (Captain T. W. Smith). The age, birthplace, and capacity of each member is given:--


H. Bow, 29, Dorset, night watchman;


["In Memoriam", The West Australian, Thursday 20 March 1913, page 1]


BOW.-In loving memory of my dear husband. Harry Bow, who lost his life on ss. Koombana, March 20, 1912.

Thy will be done.

-Inserted by his loving wife, Florence Bow.


Did Harry and Florence live in Western Australia?

Probably, and perhaps Fremantle.

The 'In Memoriam' notice in 'The West' (and not in any other paper) suggests a West Australian connection.

The lack of correspondence re wages suggests that Florence claimed unpaid wages at an A.S.S. Coy office.