The gunboat Gayundah returned to Brisbane on Tuesday from her annual training cruise to northern ports. The Gayundah, with the naval commandant (Commander Richardson), Lieutenants Beresford (gunnery officer), and Curtis on board, left Brisbane on the 19th April and proceeded direct to Cairns, where the members o! the local naval forces were taken on board to undergo the usual training. On the voyage down the coast calls were made at Townsville and Bundaberg, for the purpose of training the forces at those centres. At each of the ports called at, a minute inspection of the property of the naval brigade was made by the commandant. Commander Richardson states that the respective companies arc up to their full strength, and he was very pleased with the work of the men. The response made by lads to applications for cadets, however, was far from satisfactory. The Gayundah did not come up the river to her accustomed moorings in the Gardens reach, but remained at Pinkenba where she is being employed in carrying out some magazine work. She probably will return to her moorings on Monday.
The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 – 1934) Fri 11 Jun 1909 Page 15