13[Moore, Doug, Papers, Extracts from his account of his life in the Kimberley, 1904-1914., Battye Library, ACC 3829A (listing MN 1237)]


The tragedy of the Koombana is never forgotten. One time I was a passenger on her coming to Wyndham. We had about 200 tons of railway iron on board for Hedland. They were then building the line to Marble Bar. Just before reaching Hedland we struck a squall and the ship lay over at an angle of 45 degrees and was quite a long time before straightening up. Johnny Rees was the Skipper and he said to me 'there is no loading going off at Port Hedland - will hang on to all those rails for ballast and drop them off coming back. Capt. Rees, Mr. Clarke, Chief Mate, and Macdonald, Chief Engineer - they all sensed the ship was top heavy and fortunately had left the vessel when she capsized outside Hedland in 1912. A beautiful ship lost. Not suitable for this coast - drew too much water - and some very fine Kimberley people were drowned. Ally and George Piper, old Mrs. Sack, a very well known person, mother of all the Sacks in the country at the time. George was manager of Go Go Station, and W. K., and all the shearers that were coming to West Kimberley were lost.



Author Moore, Doug.

Title Memoirs, [193-] [manuscript]

Imprint [193-]


3rd Floor Reference MN 1237 Detailed listing NOT FOR LOAN


Summary Extracts from his account of his life in the Kimberley, 1904-1914.

Cite As: Battye Library, MN 1237, Papers of Doug Moore, ACC 3829A.