Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Shipwreck Discovery Could Be One of Five

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Shipwreck Discovery Could Be One of Five

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Byline: Dominic Feain dominic.feain@northernstar.com.au

THE mystery shipwreck discovered at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina last week may be one of five steamships that came to grief in the area, experts say.

News of the discovery has spread, exciting more than justlocal shipwreck spotters.

Experts from Sydney plan toinspect the site next week if con-ditions are favourable.

Heavy seas expected this weekend may scuttle hopes of identi-fying the wreck before it isreclaimed by the ever-shifting sea floor.

Tim Smith, deputy director of the Heritage branch of the NSW Department of Planning, which runs NSW's shipwreck program, said he had put his money on itbeing the ill-fated Tomki that met its demise on the northern side of the Richmond River entrance on September 14, 1907.

But Clem McMahon, from the Ballina Naval Museum, was keeping an open mind as divers had spotted remnants of the Tomki further north along the beach.

"These sightings provide rare glimpses into the past," Mr Smith said. …

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