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Vessel Apparently Undamaged.
After being aground on the beach about three miles south of Ballina Heads for 24 hours the motorship Nimbin, owned by the North Coast Steam Navigation Company, Ltd , was success- fully refloated under her own power about 9 15 a m yesterday The cargo was Intact but a quantity of oil was pumped from the tank3 The company's vessel Ulmarra, which had been ordered to the scene, was standing by, and had a towllne aboard, but her assistance was not required The dredge Tcthys from Bal- lina also stood by
Sea anchors had been placed some distance to seaward, and were secured with lines to the Nimbin When the tide was at flood, the Nlmbln's motors were started, and she hauled on the anchors, and soon slid off the sand The salvage gear had been taken to the Nimbin on Monday night After picking up the gear the Nimbin proceeded inside the Richmond River, safely negotiating the bar She then commenced to discharge her Sydney cargo The Ulmarra proceeded to the Clarence
Captain Raymer, of the Nimbin, stated that the vessel was travelling at half speed in a heavy haze, which was hanging low over the sea, when the stranding occurred He said that no damage had been done to the vessel When the cargo Is discharged a closer exam- ination will probably be made
The North Coast Company ordered its steamer Arakoon from Sydney late on Monday night to assist the Nimbin Captain D W Gibson, of the Sydney Marine Underwriters' and Salvage Association, had loaded a quan- tity of modern salvage gear on th. vessel When the company was advised jesterday morning that the Nimbin was refloated a message wah sent to the lighthouse-keeper at Seal Rocks to signal the Al ¿koon that she was to return to Sydney The Arakoon received the message off Seal Rocks shortly after 9 30 a m, and Immediately put back to Sydney She will resume her normal running to the