MV Florrie recognised nationally
It was a quiet little celebration in Ballina last week that marked the official inclusion of the historic former steamship the MV Florrie on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels.
Marking the occasion with a little champagne last week was Richmond River Historical Society (RRHS) publicity officer Marelle Lee and members of the Florrie Reference Group, which pushed for inclusion on the register, as well as volunteers from Ballinas Naval and Maritime Museum, where the rusted hulk of the Florrie is now undercover and on display.
Ms Lee said the registration of the Florrie, which sat in the mud of the Richmond River at Ballina for decades, would help when applying for grants to restore it.
In September, Ballina Shire Council endorsed the nomination of the former steamship for listing on the register, after a push by the Australian National Maritime Museum and the RRHS.
Council moved it to the local maritime museum last year to dry out after 30 years of being exposed to weather and vandals along the riverbank. It served as a passenger vessel and tug as far upriver as Casino from 1880 to 1975.