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Sector 4. The Kiribati Islands to the Marshall Islands

Tides—Currents.—A maximum current of 2 knots has

been reported in the middle of Wide Pass (9°49'N., 160°53'E.), about 5 miles WNW of the W extremity of Ujelang Island. The average direction on the flood was NE, and SE on the ebb. A countercurrent has been observed near the reef line on the W side of the pass. A strong SW set was reported about 2 hours before LW.

Narrow Pass, over 1.25 miles NW of the W extremity of Ujelang Island, has strong tidal current within it.

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Depths—Limitations.—Depths of about 21.9m to over

36.6m are found in the lagoon. The greater part of the lagoon has been swept to 9.8 to 11m, with some shoal spots swept to lesser depths.

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The 1.8m shoal, located about 1.4 miles E of the inner end of

Wide Pass, is dark brown in color and difficult to see even under the most favorable conditions of light.

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Aspect.—There are two passages into the lagoon on its SW

side. They are only available for small vessels with local know- ledge, under favorable conditions of light.

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Wide Pass is about 0.3 mile wide between the reefs on either

side. The best water is one on the W side of the passage, close off the reef which fringes it. The channel is about 50m wide and has been wire-dragged to 4.3m. A least depth of 5.5m is reported in the channel, but vessels drawing 4.6m or more should only use the channel at HW.

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Narrow Pass (9°47'N., 160°56'E.), about 3.8 miles SE of

Wide Pass, is shoal, unmarked, and difficult to navigate. There is a confused sea and swell in the entrance during W winds. Anchorage.—Vessels can anchor, in 29.3m, about 0.3 mile

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from the extremity of the reef in front of the house which stands near the middle of the N side of Ujelang Island. Anchorage with good holding ground has been taken about 0.4 mile N of the flagstaff on Ujelang Island.

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These anchorages are open to the Northeast Trades.

Caution.—Ujelang Atoll is reported to lie about 1 mile N of its charted position.

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Wake Island

4.79 Wake Island lies about 304 miles NNW of Taongi

Atoll, the N of the Marshall Islands. It is a U.S. possession with an area of only 3 square miles, consisting of three islands about 6.4m high, which form all but the NW side of an atoll enclosing a shallow lagoon. The NW side of the lagoon has a barrier reef which is visible at low tides and prevents any seawater entry to the lagoon. The higher parts of the islands are covered with a fairly heavy growth of scrub bush. The entire island group is surrounded by a shallow reef interspersed with coral pinnacles. There is no natural fresh water.

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Wake Island (19°17'N., 166°37'E.) (World Port Index No.

56330) can accommodate three LCMs, which may serve as tugs or as cargo lighters. Ships should radio their ETA 48 hours in advance. An unloading wharf is situated on the SW side of the basin. There is a boat landing at the head of the basin. Two mooring buoys are moored in about 30m off the entrance of the boat channel, which leads into the boat basin. Cargo is dis- charged at the moorings. Sea conditions often permit a vessel to lie to offshore and discharge dry cargo; this is reported to be the safest and best method for large vessels. Oil is discharged through a floating hose which is floated out on barrels and

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connected to a fuel jetty at the E entrance point of the boat channel.

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Wake Island

The restrictions imposed upon the entry into Wake Island

Naval Defensive Sea Area have been suspended, except for the entry of foreign flag vessels and foreign nationals. The restric- tions may be reimposed without notice at any time. Wake Island is an unincorporated territory of the U.S., administered from Washington, DC by the Department of the Interior; activi- ties on the island are managed by the U.S. Army under a U.S. Air Force permit.

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Winds—Weather.—East and NE winds prevail throughout

the year, with average velocities of 10 to 13 knots. Gales occur on an average of 10 days per year. By reason of its position, the atoll is subject to typhoons and tropical storms. Thunderstorms occur very seldom.

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At Wake Island, the influence of the higher latitude is notice-

able, and the means vary between a low of 25°C in January and February and a high of 28°C in September. In August the mean maximum reaches 31°C. Extremes above 35°C are rare.

The annual average rainfall is only 936mm, showing a great decrease in precipitation from that occurring in the lower latitudes. The monthly totals range from a January average of 29mm in the dry season to 180mm in August.

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Tides—Currents.—A SSW current of 0.5 to 1 knot has

been observed in the vicinity of Wake Island. There are occa- sions when the currents are erratic, and onshore sets have been observed. Vessels should carefully note the set and the drift of the tidal currents before attempting to moor. The tidal currents in the vicinity of the mooring buoys have been observed to set parallel to the shore at a rate of about 0.8 knot. The tidal range is from 0.6 to 1.2m.

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Depths—Limitations.—On the seaward side, between

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