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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

14.6 to 16.5m, with Laron Point open to Vidil Point, bearing 116°. The holding ground at this berth is reported to be poor. Bracey Patch (15°54'S., 167°20'E.), 0.4 mile NE of Laron

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Point, is composed of sand and coral and has a least depth of 2.7m. It is not easy to see unless the light is favorable, but vessels can pass between the reef and the Malekoula Island shore by keeping 0.2 mile from the edge of the shore reef. Chingontara Point lies about 1.3 miles S of Bracey Patch. Crydon Reef lies 1.75 miles SE of Bracey Patch and is

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composed of sand and coral, with a depth of 1.2m. It usually breaks at LW, but at other times is hard to see. The passage between the reef and Malekoula Island is clear, but there are no defined marks that can be used in navigating it.

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Atchin Island (15°56'S., 167°20'E.) lies about 1 mile S of

Croydon Reef. The island is fringed by a reef, which extends about 0.1 mile offshore, except at the SW extremity, which is sandy and steep-to. There is fair anchorage W of the island, in 37m, with Chingontara Point bearing 000°, and the N extremity of the island 105°.

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Wala Island is located 2.5 miles SE of Atchin Island. The

island is fringed by a reef 0.1 to 0.2 mile wide, except the S point, which is of sand. A mission station stands on an eleva- tion on the SE side of the island. Good anchorage may be obtained close W of the S extremity of the island, where con- siderable depths extend close offshore. The best berth is in a depth of 31m, with the N end of Rano Island in line with the S extremity of Wala Island, bearing about 094°, and the NE extremity of Pinalum Point in line with the LW mark of the sand spit on the W side of Rano Island, bearing about 136°. A vessel should not anchor in less than 31m.

6.53 Rano Island (15°59'S., 167°23'E.) is composed of upraised coral and is densely wooded. The N and E sides of the island are fringed by a reef about 0.2 mile wide. There is no anchorage off the island. Pinalum Point lies about 1.5 miles SE of Rano Island, and is bold and cliffy. A reef extends 0.2 mile from its N side.

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Norsup Bay (16°02'S., 167°24'E.), 3 miles SSW of Pinalum

Point, is entered between Norsup Island and a point about 1.5 miles NNW. The outer part of the bay is deep, with depths of 73 to 110m abreast the island, but from the center of the bay abreast the SW tip of the island to the head of the bay, 0.75 mile SW, the bottom shoals from 46m to 11m, 0.2 mile off the head of the bay.

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Anchorage.—Good anchorage can be found, on the axis of

the bay, in suitable depths in this area. Larger ships are recommended to anchor in the center of the bay in 40m, with Tautu Point open of the S tip of Norsup Island; this provides about 0.3 mile swinging room. On the point nearest to Norsup Island there is a hospital and school; a boat jetty is in front of the school. These are all good landmarks when anchoring. Uripiv Island (16°04'S., 167°26'E.), on the E side of the

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entrance to Port Stanley, lies 1.5 miles E of Tautu Point. The island is wooded and has a white sandy beach. A conspicuous house stands on the SW shore, and there are several villages on the island. Uri Island, is located 0.75 mile S of Uripiv Island. The two above islands are separated by a deep channel. A village stands on the E side of the island and can be seen from offshore. The W end of Uri Island is covered with mangroves and has a white sandy point from which reefs extend 0.15 mile.

6.54 Port Stanley (16°04'S., 167°25'E.) is a bay 5.5 miles

long in a NW-SE direction, which is protected on the E side by a peninsula and Uripiv Island and Uri Island. The prevailing depths are too great for the port to be considered a good harbor, but there are several places anchorage can be obtained. Tautu Point, on which a village stands, is the W entrance point to Port Stanley. Good Bay indents the shore S of this point. The W shore of Good Bay to the head of Port Stanley is fringed with mangroves and backed by wooded hills. The S part of the port is mainly obstructed by reefs, and the eye is the only guide in navigating it.

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Anchorage.—A recommended berth in Port Stanley is 0.15

mile off the S shore of Uri Island on a small patch of sand and coral, in a depth of 22m, with the extremities of the island bear- ing 063° and 319°. There is also anchorage in Good Bay, near its head, in depths of 18 to 26m.

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Brigstocke Bay is a small indentation on the W side of Taio

Point (16°07'S., 167°29'E.). The reefs are steep-to in the outer part of the bay, and small vessels may find temporary anchor- age. An inner extension of the bay is shallow and obstructed by coral heads.

6.55 Bushmans Bay (16°09'S., 167°30'E.) is 1 mile wide

and provides a convenient and safe anchorage. Vessels may take anchorage anywhere near the head of the bay, but it is not advisable to go too close in the SE part, as the water shoals rather quickly to a reef which does not usually show. The best berth is opposite a small stream at the middle of the beach, in a depth of 18.3m, with Wreck Point bearing 099° and the W side of the entrance bearing 018°.

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Crab Bay, on the W side of Wreck Point, is nearly enclosed

on the W by the extensive Mary Eliza Reef, which dries 0.6 to 0.9m. The bay is mainly obstructed by reefs, but has a nice snug and quiet anchorage in the middle. The entrance to the bay is only about 0.2 mile wide. The eye is the only guide for approaching the anchorage, as there are no good marks, but there are no difficulties in good weather. Vessels anchor about 0.3 mile within the entrance in 26m, with the N extremity of Wreck Point bearing 099° and with Sandy Point, the W ex- tremity of the same peninsula, bearing 156°. Small craft can find good shelter in the SE part of the bay.

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Sarmette Bay (16°11'S., 167°33'E.) lies about 2 miles SSE

of Wreck Point. Reefs fringe both sides of the bay, but are absent from the head of the bay. A 2.7m shoal lies about 0.4 mile SE of the NW entrance point to the bay. A rock, 2.4m high, lies close off the SE entrance point.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be obtained near the middle

of the bay, in depths of 11 to 18m, 0.3 mile offshore. Vessel should not anchor in less than 11m and care should be taken to avoid the detached shoal. Two lights, in line bearing 233°, are shown whenever vessels are expected. They stand on the W side of the bay.

6.56 McNabb Bay (16°13'S., 167°34'E.) is a bight in the

coast about 1 mile wide at its entrance, and lies 1.5 miles SE of Sarmette Bay. The shore reef ends abruptly on each side within the bay, and anchorage may be obtained, in depths of 22 to

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