Sinking of "Koombana" 21st March 1912

Sinking of "Koombana" 21st March 1912

Jonathan Baker

Southampton, UK

#1 Oct 6, 2010
My great uncle, Frank (Francis Charles) Baker, was drowned when this ship went down with all hands between Port Hedland and Broome in a hurricane. Is there a memorial erected anywhere? Are there any local records / press reports available please? Thank you for any help you can give me.
God Bless! Jonathan ([email protected])
Philip Kirran

Perth, Australia

#2 Feb 15, 2011
I live in Western Australia. To my knowledge there is no memorial to the Koombana, probably because there was no passenger list on dry land, so the names of those who were lost are not recorded.
What seems even more surprising, is that the wreck of the Koombana has yet to be discovered. A lot of effort has gone into searches - mostly successful - for World War II sinkings off our coast, but the civilian ships seem to have been overlooked.
Julie

Beckenham, Australia

#3 Sep 14, 2011
Jonathan Baker wrote:
My great uncle, Frank (Francis Charles) Baker, was drowned when this ship went down with all hands between Port Hedland and Broome in a hurricane. Is there a memorial erected anywhere? Are there any local records / press reports available please? Thank you for any help you can give me.
God Bless! Jonathan ([email protected])
In Port Hedland there is a Lookout over the ocean named Koombana Lookout and a plaque naming all the known passengers is there also. The Port Hedland Historical Society is organizinga commemorative weekend of activities March 16 - 20 2012. 100 Years after the loss of the ship.

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