Brief History of The Port of Ballina
Offering regular freight and passenger services with larger faster Vessels North Coast Steam had it all and dominated the trade. For the next thirty years. If you wanted to travel to Ballina it was travel by sea or walk.
The canal was constructed to allow a safer passage for cane punts From North Creek to the Richmond River, Prior to the canal being built, punts had to tackle the breaking water at the mouth of North Creek. (Messingham Bridge).
It is never repaired and the Company files for voluntary liquidation Paying shareholders a healthy $4.25 for every $2.00 share.
Originally overlooked the Shaws Bay shipping channel.
The tugs would cast off as soon as a schooner arrived off the bar To tout their business ``up, down and out`` was the cry and the price haggled, $50 if rough - $10 if calm. A government ferry service began operation from North Creek to Ballina
He names the settlement ``Deptford``.