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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

with a depth of 3m, lies 0.2 mile ESE of a wooded point at the head of the bay. The center of the S part of the bay has depths of 8 to 10.9m.

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Depths—Limitations.—A T-headed pier is situated on the S

shore of the bay. Vessels up to 160m in length, with maxi-mum drafts of 8.4m call here to load manganese. A set of range lights, in line bearing 225°, marks the entrance channel. This berth is open E, and there is almost always a swell. Berthing is impossible in NE winds.

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at present.

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Pilotage.—Pilotage is available, but no details are available Signals.—Signals are displayed from a flagstaff on top of a

cliff near the range lights. If a deterioration in the weather has been forecast, a red ball by day or a red light at night will be displayed.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage can be taken off the entrance of

the bay, in depths of 20 to 28m, sand and coral. 6.25 Manuro Point (17°41'S., 168°36'E.), the E extremity

of Efate Island, is low, rounded, and thickly wooded. A fring- ing reef extends 0.2 mile off the point; its outer edge is steep- to. Tide rips extend a considerable distance from the point and give the appearance of shoals.

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Meslep Point (Tabuis Point) lies 6.8 miles SSW of Manuro

Point. A sunken reef 2.5 miles long lies about 0.3 mile offshore and parallel with the point. A low point 3.5 miles WSW of the point has a rocky spit extending off it for a distance of 0.4 mile. About 3 miles farther W is the mouth of the Rentapad River (Ningut River) (17°49'S., 168°28'E.), which boats can only pass over the reef in its entrance. Mackenzie Hill, on the W side of the river, is a conspicuous landmark.

Islands North of Efate Island

6.26 Mataso Island (Two Hills Island) (17°15'S.,

168°26'E.) lies about 10 miles NE of the N extremity of Nguna Island (Ngouna Island). The island has two high hills and from a distance appear as two islands. The N hill has a sharp peak and is very prominent from offshore. A rock, 1.5 high, lies about 0.1 mile off the N extremity of the island, and a rock, 1.2m high, lies 0.1 mile off the E extremity of the island. Tem- porary anchorage may be taken in the bight on the S side of the island, in a depth of 26m, sand and coral, about 0.2 mile off- shore. The anchorage is subjected to a swell that comes around the S point of the island. Etarik Rock (Wot Rock), an inacces- sible islet, lies about 1.5 miles E of the S end of Mataso Island. Tides—Currents.—Currents run strongly in the vicinity of

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Matso Island and Etarik Rock, causing heavy tide rips at times N of the island and NW of the rock. Tidal currents S of the island set E, curving N between the island and the rock, but are greatly influenced by the wind.

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Makura Island (17°08'S., 168°26'E.) lies about 6 miles N of

Mataso Island. The island is steep-to all around, but there is anchorage off the W end of the island, in a depth of 20.1m, 0.2 mile from shore, with the tangents of the island bearing 063° and 137°. At the anchorage, the ebb current sets N with a maxi- mum velocity of 1.5 knots at springs. The flood current off the W end of the island produces tide rips that have the appearance of shoal water.

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Emae Island (Mai Island) lies about 5 miles NW of Makura

Island. The island has three conspicuous hills, which at a dis- tance appear as separate islands. The island is thickly wooded and several villages stand on its shores. Sesaki Anchorage, on the island’s N coast, offers depths of 30m, sand, with Sesaki Point bearing 090°, 0.4 mile distant. This anchorage offers pro- tection in winds from the NNE through E to SW.

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Pula Iwa Reef (Cook Reef) (17°03'S., 168°16'E.) is a

dangerous atoll lying 2.5 miles WNW of the W extremity of Emae Island. The outer edge of the reef dries in many places, and is steep-to except on its S side, where a spit, with a depth of 18.3m, extends nearly 0.5 mile offshore. The sea breaks heavily on the weather side, but the lee side is not well marked unless the daylight is favorable for seeing the discolored water.

The Shepherd Islands

6.27 The Shepherd Islands (16°56'N., 168°36'E.), NE of

Emae Island, are a volcanic group consisting of seven islands and several islets and rocks lying on a bank, with depths of less than 183m, extending SE from the SE extremity of Epi Island. Tongariki Island (17°00'S., 168°38'E.), the S and second

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largest of the Shepherd Islands, has a length of more than 2 miles in an E-W direction, and a width of 0.8 mile. The island is steep-to, its shores are formed of boulders, volcanic rocks, and a few black sand beaches, the interior is thickly wooded to the summit. The white house of a mission station, on a ridge near the middle of the island, is conspicuous from the N. Anchorage.—Anchorage may be obtained, in a depth of

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22m, during the prevailing wind, about 0.2 mile off the NW side of the island, with the SW extremity bearing 201° and the NW extremity bearing 052°.

6.28 Amora Rocks, SSE of the S extremity of Tongariki

Island, are bare, jagged, and 34m high. The rocks are steep-to and there is a channel between them and the island, but it is not recommended because of the strong tidal current.

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Buninga Island (17°02'S., 168°35'E.), the SW island of the

group, is not over 0.8 mile in diameter. It is thickly covered with vegetation and has a rather flat summit, where a native village stands. Michelsen Rock, 0.3 mile E of the NE point of the island, should be given a wide berth, as it has a depth of 1.8m and is not easily detected. Falea Island lies 2 miles NNE of Buninga Island and is thickly wooded and uninhabited. Ewose Island (Iwose Island) (16°57'S., 168°35'E.) lies 1.5

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miles NW of Falea Island. Shoals, on which the sea often breaks, extend 0.1 mile from the E side of the island. A rock, awash, lies midway along the W side of the island, 90m offshore. Anchor- age may be obtained, in a depth of 20m, off the NW side of the island, with the SW extremity bearing 142°, in line with the summit of Falea Island, and the NW extremity bearing 024°.

6.29 Tongoa Island (16°54'S., 168°34'E.), 1.5 miles N of

Ewose Island, is the largest and most important of the Shep- herd Islands. It is populous, partly cultivated, and wooded to its summit. From a distance, the island appears to consist of a group of mountains, most of which are cone-shaped, and a few table-topped. Tavani Akoma, a conspicuous mountain, is lo- cated on the E side of the island. Selembanga Church, about 0.5 mile NW of Tavani Akoma, is a conspicuous white build- Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168  |  Page 169  |  Page 170  |  Page 171  |  Page 172  |  Page 173  |  Page 174  |  Page 175  |  Page 176  |  Page 177  |  Page 178  |  Page 179  |  Page 180  |  Page 181  |  Page 182  |  Page 183  |  Page 184  |  Page 185  |  Page 186  |  Page 187  |  Page 188  |  Page 189  |  Page 190  |  Page 191  |  Page 192  |  Page 193  |  Page 194  |  Page 195  |  Page 196  |  Page 197  |  Page 198  |  Page 199  |  Page 200  |  Page 201  |  Page 202  |  Page 203  |  Page 204  |  Page 205  |  Page 206  |  Page 207  |  Page 208  |  Page 209  |  Page 210  |  Page 211  |  Page 212  |  Page 213  |  Page 214  |  Page 215  |  Page 216  |  Page 217  |  Page 218  |  Page 219  |  Page 220  |  Page 221  |  Page 222  |  Page 223  |  Page 224  |  Page 225  |  Page 226  |  Page 227  |  Page 228  |  Page 229  |  Page 230  |  Page 231  |  Page 232  |  Page 233  |  Page 234  |  Page 235  |  Page 236  |  Page 237  |  Page 238  |  Page 239  |  Page 240  |  Page 241  |  Page 242  |  Page 243  |  Page 244  |  Page 245  |  Page 246  |  Page 247  |  Page 248  |  Page 249  |  Page 250  |  Page 251  |  Page 252  |  Page 253  |  Page 254  |  Page 255  |  Page 256  |  Page 257  |  Page 258  |  Page 259  |  Page 260  |  Page 261  |  Page 262  |  Page 263  |  Page 264  |  Page 265  |  Page 266  |  Page 267  |  Page 268  |  Page 269  |  Page 270  |  Page 271  |  Page 272  |  Page 273  |  Page 274  |  Page 275  |  Page 276  |  Page 277  |  Page 278  |  Page 279  |  Page 280  |  Page 281  |  Page 282  |  Page 283  |  Page 284  |  Page 285  |  Page 286  |  Page 287  |  Page 288  |  Page 289  |  Page 290  |  Page 291  |  Page 292  |  Page 293  |  Page 294  |  Page 295  |  Page 296  |  Page 297  |  Page 298  |  Page 299  |  Page 300  |  Page 301  |  Page 302  |  Page 303  |  Page 304  |  Page 305  |  Page 306  |  Page 307  |  Page 308  |  Page 309  |  Page 310
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