Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Changing Tides Uncover the Past; Shipwreck Discovered 50 Metres off Ballina Beach

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Changing Tides Uncover the Past; Shipwreck Discovered 50 Metres off Ballina Beach

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Byline: Amanda Buchanan news@northernstar.com.au

THE past has resurfaced at Lighthouse Beach at Ballina.

Ballina resident John Nurse said he discovered a shipwreck while diving 50 metres off the beach, and despite living in the area his entire life, has never noticed it before.

"I've swum on this beach since I was a kid and have never seen it,a he said.

Mr Nurse said the boat appeared to be made of brass or copper, with some steel plating, and was possibly an old steamer or a section off nearby shipwreck the Tomki, which had broken off and moved.

"It'd weigh about 20 tonne and it's about 30-foot long, and it looks like someone has cut things off it, perhaps the bell," he said.

"You can see the bow, and what looks like two big steam barrels. I think the wreckage would be worth about $10,000 to $20,000 as salvage."

But despite the excitement of the discovery, Mr Nurse fears it could pose a danger for swimmers.

"The board riders know about it, but a kid or even an adult could get stuck down there, because the currents here sweep you straight out," he said. …

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