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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

6.3 Ile Mare (21°30'S., 168°00'E.), the SE island of the

group, has several uncharted coral patches reported to lie off the N end of the island. Baie de Tandine, on the SW side of the island, is considered to be the best anchorage off the island. A monument stands at the head of this bay. A wharf lies near the monument. Vessels can obtain anchorage with the wharf bearing 055°, 649m offshore, in a depth of 37m.

6.3

Baie du Nord (Baie de Ro) (21°21'S., 167°55'E.) is located

on the N side of Ile Mare. There is a conspicuous temple near the W entrance point of the bay and a white house in ruins on the E entrance point. A small sandy beach lies at the head of the bay. Anchorage can be obtained about 0.3 mile off the sandy beach, in a depth of 28m. Caution is advised, as there is a risk of fouling the anchor on the coral bottom.

6.3

Baie de l’Allier (Baie Poane) lies on the NE side of Ile Mare

and is the largest and deepest bay of the island. There is an anchorage off the S shore of the bay, about 0.4 mile offshore, in depths of 35 to 37m. This anchorage is indifferent and is not recommended for a long stay, except in good weather. Baie de Niri (Baie Aoui) (21°37'S., 167°55'E.) lies on the

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SW side of Ile Mare and offers shelter from winds between the N and E. There are some sunken reefs in the N part of the bay which do not break. However, the sea almost constantly breaks on two reefs located 0.2 to 0.3 mile W of the landing place of a small village. There is an anchorage off the village, but caution must be used because of the reefs.

6.3

Ile Dudune (Ile Ndundure) (21°20'S., 167°44'E.) is located

about 3 miles NW of Cape Mackau, the NW extremity of Ile Mare. This low and barren island has two mounds which ap- pear as two islands when seen from a distance. The shores of the island, as well as the passage separating the island from Ile Mare, are said to be free of dangers.

6.4 Ile Leliogat (21°17'S., 167°33'E.) is low and almost

barren. The shores of the island appear to be free of dangers, but the weather side is steep and the sea generally breaks violently upon it. Ile Oua (Ile Ua) lies 2.5 miles NNE of Ile Leliogat and is equally low and free of dangers.

The Ile Tiga (21°06'S., 167°48'E.) coastline is formed of perpendicular cliffs. The S, SE, and NW points of the island are foul to a distance of 0.2 mile or more, but the SW and E coasts are clear. A village stands at the NW end of the island. Ile Vauvilliers (21°08'S., 167°35'E.), about 11 miles W of

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Tiga Island, is 1.5 miles long and 0.5 mile wide. Though its coasts are clear of dangers, it is advisable to leave it to the W when passing at night, as the pine trees on the SE part enable it to be seen more clearly on that side.

6.4

Ile Lifou (20°55'S., 167°15'E.) is the largest and most im-

portant of the Iles Loyaute group. The island lies with Cape de Flotte, its S extremity, 23 miles NW of Cape Mackau. A number of villages stand on the shores of the island. Vessels can obtain anchorage in the various bays about the island. A light is shown from Cap des Pins on the SE side of the island. Baie de Wahda (21°06'S., 167°26'E.) lies between Cape de

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Flotte and Cap des Pins. The shore of the bay is fringed by a narrow reef. Isolated houses close to the shore can be seen from close offshore.

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Baie du Chateaubriand lies about 14 miles NW of Cap des

Pins. The bay is extensive, but its shores have not been examined. The bay is obstructed with coral patches, and a bar-

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rier reef lies off the shore from 0.25 to 0.3 mile. There are two wharfs in the bay. One is 40m long, with an alongside depth of 5.5m and a dolphin off its E end, and can accommodate vessels up to 70m long; the other quay, which is 60m long, with a depth of 4.5m alongside, has a ro-ro facility at its S end. Range beacons, a directional light, and buoys mark the channel lead- ing to the wharfs. Temporary anchorage might be obtained dur- ing W winds close W of the S entrance point. The village of We lies at the head of the bay.

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Cap Bernardin (20°44'S., 167°18'E.) lies 9 miles N of Baie

du Chateaubriand and is reported to be free of dangers. The cape forms the NE extremity of the island. Two white houses stand near the cape. From Cape Bernardin to Cape Escarpe, the N extremity of the island, the coast is bare, precipitous, and free from off-lying dangers.

6.5 Baie du Doking (20°43'S., 167°11'E.) lies 4 miles

SW of Cape Escarpe. Doking village is situated on the E side of the bay, about 0.8 mile S of the NE entrance point. A temple with a gray roof stands in the village, but is obscured from seaward by vegetation; a water tower situated close SE of the temple is a better mark. A vessel may obtain anchorage off the SE shore of the bay, in depths of 33 to 37m, sand and coral, with the temple bearing 046°, distance about 1 mile, or with the temple bearing 049°, distant about 1.3 miles.

6.5

Recif Jouan, about 4 miles NW of the NW extremity of Ile

Lifou, consists of two separate coarse coral islets, each about 1.8m high, lying on a reef on which the sea breaks. Midway between the reef and the island there are considerable depths and no sign of any dangers.

6.5

Baie du Sandal (20°51'S., 167°07'E.) is entered between

Aime Martin Point and Lefevre Point, 8 miles South. The shores of the bay present the same aspects, steep and wooded cliffs of moderate height, with sandy beaches. Iatio Point lies 4 miles E of Aime Martin Point and is marked by a white chapel. A reef, awash, lies 0.2 mile WSW of Iatio Point.

Baie de Chepenehe (20°47'S., 167°09'E.) is located between Iatio Point and Shepenehe Point. On the NE shore of the bay is a conspicuous black rock, and about 0.2 mile E of this rock is a prominent monument. The village of Shepenehe lies close SE of the monument. Anchorage can be taken, in a depth of about 25m, with the monument bearing 015°, 0.5 mile distant. It is inadvisable for a vessel without local knowledge to anchor at night or attempt to ride out a SW gale at this anchorage.

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Baie de Gaatcha (20°54'S., 167°07'E.) lies on the S side of

Baie du Sandal and affords shelter from all winds from the WSW through S to NE. A vessel bound for the anchorage should pass about 0.2 mile N of Cape Mande and steer E until the church at the head of the bay bears 180°. Steer for the church on this bearing and anchor, in 26m, about 0.5 mile off- shore. Vessels are advised to use caution to avoid the two reefs, awash, just N of the anchorage. A small vessel may anchor, in a depth of 1m, with the church bearing 120°, distant about 0.3 mile.

6.6 Shelter Reef (20°53'S., 167°03'E.), located 1.5 miles

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