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The elegant, ultra-modern SS Koombana arrived in Western Australia in March 1909; after only three years of service in the North West of Australia, the ship and her entire complement disappeared in a late-summer cyclone off the Pilbara coast in 1912. All 156 lives were lost but the wreck was never found. This thoroughly researched and compelling book comes closer than ever before to solving the mystery of Australia's most significant maritime disaster.
Author Annie Boyd spent months camping along the coast, diving and investigating wrecks, researching the Koombana, and meeting with descendants of those lost in the tragedy. This insightful account is the culmination of her work, which includes a 20,000 page online resource with background material and primary sources.
About the Author
Annie Boyd spent her childhood in Perth and returned to Western Australia in her thirties where her interest in marine life turned to shipwrecks and maritime history.
A chance mention of Koombana at a maritime archaeology meeting sparked her interest in this still-unsolved mystery. An experienced and adventurous diver, Annie has spent months camping along the Nor’-West coast, investigating wrecks, following the ocean and its leads.
In the course of her research she met with many descendants seeking information about relatives lost in the tragedy.
ISBN: 9781921888885 ISBN-10: 1921888881 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 400 Published: 1st December 2013 Publisher: Fremantle Press Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 25.6 x 18.5
Weight (kg): 1.17
Edition Number: 1