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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

George Point (16°15.7'S., 167°54.7'E.), the SE point of the cove. A concrete wharf, 60m in length, extends over a reef in a WSW direction, 0.2 miles NE of George Point and has a depth of 5.1m at the head. Dip Point, also known as Ranwakon Point, forms the W extremity of Ambrym Island, and lies about 0.5 mile NNW of Craig Cove. Lamb Point, nearly 1.3 miles N of Dip Point, is a low point formed by volcanic ash. The coast in this vicinity is fringed by shoals.

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Anchorage.—At 1.3 miles E of Lamb Point there is an

indentation in the shore, in back of which there is a lagoon with no opening to the sea. During the Southeast Trades, temporary anchorage can be taken in the indentation off the lagoon, in a depth of 37m, volcanic sand, poor holding ground. This berth is known as Dip Point Anchorage. Soundings increase rapidly towards ofshore. Depths of 80m are observed at a distance of 120m from the coast.

6.37 Ranon Anchorage (16°08'S., 168°07'E.) lies on the

W side of the massive N projection of Ambrym Island, about 11 miles ENE of Dip Point Anchorage. There are a number of houses with red roofs which are conspicuous from seaward off the anchorage. Two beacons on the shore, in line bearing 139°, lead to the anchorage; these beacons were not spotted in 2002. A vessel can anchor, in 26 to 29m, about 0.2 mile offshore, with a conspicuous red boathouse close S of the range beacons bearing 146°, and the S end of the black cliffs bearing 072.5°. Vessels are recommended to use two anchors. A light stands on a point 0.5 mile S of the anchorage.

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Rodd’s Anchorage is 2 miles N of Ranon Anchorage and close

S of the NW end of Ambrym Island. It may be recognized by a hut on a small sandy beach, the only white sandy beach in the vicinity. A reef extends 0.1 mile off Metanwar Point, on the N side of the anchorage, and has on its outer edge a rock that dries 1.2m. The anchorage should be approached with the N end of the white sandy beach bearing 090°.

Anchorage can be obtained, in a depth of 22m, with Metan- war Point bearing 040° and a white painted tree bearing 126°. North Point (16°06'S., 168°09'E.), the N extremity of Am-

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brym Island, is fringed by a reef which extends up to 0.25 mile offshore. There is a mission station near North Point, where anchorage may be obtained, in depths of 22 to 27m, W of a black rock, 2.4m high, lying near the outer edge of the fringing reef. The tidal current here runs at the rate of 1 to 2 knots, so a good scope of anchor chain is necessary.

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Caution.—A submarine volcano is reported (1999) to exist

about 1 mile W of Ranwakon Point. Depths may be less than charted.

Pentecost Island

6.38 Pentecost Island (15°45'N., 168°12'E.) is 34 miles

long in a N-S direction and about 6 miles wide. It is densely wooded and a chain of mountains that extend three-fourths of its length attains its highest peak near the middle of the island. The only part of the island that has been surveyed is the section on the W coast between its S extremity and Naroboulou Point (Lifu Point), located 23 miles N. Along the W coast of the island the tidal currents are very weak. The flood current is believed to set N and the ebb current S. Selwyn Strait is a deep,

Ferry at Ranon.

clear passage between Ambrym Island and Pentecost Island. The strait is about 5.5 miles wide.

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Tree Rock Point (Gousounransit Point) (15°58'S.,

168°16'E.) forms the SE extremity of Pentecost Island. The coast N of the point has not been surveyed, but several high off-lying rocks were seen a few miles N. For nearly 4 miles SW of the point, the coast is bold and rocky.

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Martelli Bay (16°00'S., 168°13'E.) lies about 4 miles SW of

Tree Rock Point. The bay affords temporary anchorage to small vessels with local knowledge. Devil Point, the W en- trance point of Martelli Bay, is a prominent reddish cliff which forms the SE extremity of the island.

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Gousounonla Point (Fan Mara Mara Point) lies on the SW part

of the island, about 3 miles NW of Devil Point. There are two conspicuous houses about 1.3 miles SE of the point. A prom- inent church with a tin roof can also be seen from offshore.

Pub. 126 Ferry arriving at the beach in Ranon.

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