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Koolama Bay

Distance Travelled: 233 NM
Steaming Time: 19.5 hours

At the mouth of King George River, this site at Koolama Bay is known for a significant and historically interesting maritime story of Captain Jack Eggleston's dedication and commitment to his ship that had suffered from bombing by Japanese planes. Even after 140 passengers and 6 crew refused to assist Eggleston save the ship, his determination did not waiver in the face of a mutinous first mate and crew who wanted to abandon the site and head inland. With only 14 onboard, he successfully repaired the ship enough to sail to Wyndham Wharf and begin unloading their cargo only to once more be bombed.

Our guests lecturers will take you ashore and share the story and then onto a beach landing at nearby Tranquil Bay to enjoy a coastal walk and see the stunning escarpment cliffs and waterfall of the Kimberley coast.

Traditional custodians: Ballanggara people

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For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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