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Sector 5. New Caledonia

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Ile Art (19°42'S., 163°39'E.), the largest of Archipel de

Belep, is moderately bold; at its S end it rises to a height of 252m. The E side is steep, except for the fringing reef S of Baie Male, which always shows, and a reef extends 0.75 mile off the NE coast. Peiroma, an inlet at the S end of the island, has not been examined, but appears foul; two rocks, the SW of which is marked by a conspicuous white cross, lie at the SW extremity of the inlet. Andiane is a slight indentation at the SW end of the island in which anchorage may be obtained, in depths of 16.5 to 20.1m.

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Baie Uala (19°43'S., 163°38'E.) lies on the W side of Ile Art

about 5 miles from its S extremity and is about 0.8 mile wide at its entrance. There is a weather station on the N entrance point of the bay. Anchorage is afforded, in depths of 10.1 to 11.9m, in the inner part of the bay, with the hill on the NW entrance point bearing 310°, sheltered from the wind from the NW through E to S. There is also anchorage, in a depth of 6.7m, with a rocky point on the SE shore bearing 155° and the church bearing 047°.

5.72 Baie Aue (19°40'S., 163°38'E.) indents the N half of

the W coast of Ile Art to a distance of 1 mile. At an average distance of 1 mile from the shore, the bay is fronted by three reefs extending in a general N-S direction. The two largest

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reefs are separated by a channel having a width of 0.3 mile and depths of 10.9m in the fairway. The bay is exposed to winds from the S through W to NW.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is usually taken, in 18.3m, good

holding ground, with the W extremity of Ile Art bearing 183°, and the small cliff at the N end of the sandy beach at the head of the bay bearing 097°. While this position is good at all sea- sons, it must not be assumed to be safe during a hurricane. The anchorage is exposed to winds from the NW and S. During heavy NW seas, a relatively better position is nearer the reef than the shore.

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Ile Pott (19°34'S., 163°36'E.) lies 1.5 miles NNW of Ile Art,

the navigable channel between them being over 1 mile wide and clear of dangers in the fairway. The small bay on the W side of the island is encumbered with coral rocks. Small craft may obtain anchorage off the S end of the island.

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A reef, which dries, the charted position of which is approx-

imate, lies about 4 miles ENE of the N extremity of Ile Pott. A reef, which also dries, lies about 6.5 miles NE of the N extrem- ity of the island.

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The tidal currents between Ilot Ti-a (19°59'S., 163°56'E.)

and Ile Art are strongest off the edges of the reefs and set SW and NE.

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