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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

anchorage only. Vessels anchor, in a depth of 8m, with the church bearing 080°, and a hill 7 miles NW of Cap Escarpe (20°26'S., 166°40'E.) bearing not less than 347°. The bottom is hard, and there are several coral heads in the vicinity.

A jetty, with alongside depths of 4m, is situated about 6.5 miles S of Saint-Joseph.

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Beautemps-Beaupre Atoll, which lies about 7 miles NW of

D’Ouvea Atoll, encloses a lagoon which is entered on its W side. The main reef which encloses the lagoon, and on which the sea breaks furiously, is on the E or weather side. The W side of the lagoon is formed of detached reefs. There is a small sandy islet on the reef near the E extremity of the atoll. Beautemps-Beaupre Island (20°25'S., 166°09'E.), the princi- pal island, is wooded, except near its E extremity, which is bare. The island was reported to be just above water.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be obtained, in a depth of

20m, good holding ground, with the E end of Beautemps- Beaupre Island bearing 160°, 1.3 miles distant.

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Astrolabe Reefs (19°35'S., 165°38'E.) lie about 35 miles NW

of Beautemps-Beaupre Island. Shoals having depths of 11 to 16.5m extend 0.5 mile N from the S reef and 0.5 mile S from the N reef, leaving a channel between of 90m width and depths of about 40m, but with strong eddies. Vessels can anchor 0.3 mile from the N reef, in a depth of 40m. The position is protected from the sea throughout the E semicircle, and a detached reef to the SW breaks the force of the sea in that direction.

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Breakers on the reef were visible at 3 miles, but the sandy

islet was difficult to see from offshore. A reasonably-sheltered anchorage for small craft was found, in depths of 10 to 12m, sand bottom, in the lagoon about 0.5 mile N of S corner of the reef. Coral heads are to be avoided in the area.

Vanuatu (New Hebrides Islands)

6.11 Vanuatu (New Hebrides Islands) lies NE of Iles

Loyaute and consists of about 40 mountainous islands, islets, and rocks. The islands are wooded and have numerous fertile valleys. Some of the islands are entirely of volcanic formation, others are of coral, and several are a combination of both. There are several active volcanoes, and earthquakes are not un- common.

Winds—Weather.—On the average, the islands of Vanuatu are affected by two hurricanes a year.

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Tides—Currents.—Vessels approaching these islands from

the S should give them a wide berth as there appears to be a strong set towards them.

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Caution.—During W winds, which occur usually during the

hurricane season, patches of discolored water are frequently observed in deep water W of Vanuatu. These patches are caused by conglomerates of bright sand-colored plankton, which give a disconcerting impression of shoal water.

6.12 Aneitioum Island (Anatom Island) (20°12'S.,

169°46'E.), the S island of Vanuatu, is 9 miles long in an E-W direction and 7 miles wide. It has two peaks and appears as two islands. Port Aneityum, on the SW side of the island, is formed by a projecting point of land, Coconut Ridge, and by a coral reef nearly 2 miles long. A conspicuous wreck is stranded on the reef 0.6 mile SSW of the S end of Inyeug Islet (20°15'S., 169°46'E.). The reef is awash at half tide and always breaks.

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Inyeug Islet

The anchorage is approached from the W, with a flat rock on

the fringing reef close S of the island’s SE extremity bearing 100°. Two sets of beacons lead into the port; the first, in line bearing 100°, stand on Coconut Ridge, while the second pair, in line bearing 060°, stand 0.4 mile N of the first pair, and are seen between two houses with green roofs.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available, in a depth of 13m,

with the second pair of beacons in line, and Coconut Ridge bearing 127°. A 10.1m patch lies about 0.2 mile NW of this depth.

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Caution.—Caution is advised here as squalls at this anchor-

age are often violent. If W winds are expected, vessels are ad- vised to moor with both anchors down, bows to the W. Volcanic activity was reported (1996) about 50 miles SSE of

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Aneitioum Island. 6.13 Immahie Reef (20°13'S., 169°41'E.) lies 2.5 miles

NW of Port Aneityum and about 0.5 mile from the nearest shore. It is nearly awash and about 1 mile in length in a N-S direction. There are shallow heads between the reef and shore. Anau-un-se is an opening in the coastal reef. Its entrance is about 42m wide and is deep in the fairway.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be obtained, in depths of 11

to 12m, about 90m offshore, with Saddle Peaks (20°11'S., 169°44'E.) bearing about 134°. This inlet is only suitable for small craft.

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Ijipthav (20°08'S., 169°44'E.) lies about 1.5 miles NE of

Anau-un-se. Anchorage may be obtained, in depths of 7 to 9m, 0.1 to 0.2 mile offshore. Landing is obstructed by a coral flat that borders the shore.

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Port Patrick, entered about 2.5 miles E of Ijipthav, lies be-

tween two detached coral reefs, the entrance being 0.3 mile wide, with depths of more than 9.1m. The N edge of the reef on the W side always breaks, A detached reef lies in the middle of the harbor.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available, in a depth of 33m,

sand, coral, and shells, with a church bearing 110°, and the N edge of the W detached reef bearing 290°. Anchorage also may be obtained, in depths of 18 to 22m, between the detached reef and the shore reef S of it. This anchorage is suitable for small vessels.

6.14 Futuna Island (Ile Foutouna) (19°32'S., 170°10'E.) is

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