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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

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Saddle Island (Valua Island) is located about 8 miles NNW

of Mota Island. The N part of the island consists of a mountain and hills. The S side is made up by a rocky bluff, about 1.5 miles from its SW extremity, which is low. It has been reported the E end of the island lies about 1.5 miles farther E than charted, and that foul ground extends E from it for about 0.5 mile. Ra Islet lies on a reef about 0.2 mile off the SE extremity of the island. A mission station stands on the islet.

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Mele Bay (Mili Bay) (13°39'S., 167°40'E.) is the indentation

on the NW side of Saddle Island, which affords an indifferent anchorage. A vessel should approach the bay with the mouth of the river bearing about 128°, and anchor, in a depth of 37m, when the two points of land to the N come in line bearing 000°, and a mushroom-shaped rock on the reef, 0.75 mile S of the anchorage, is in line with the W extremity of Mota Lava.

6.75 The Reef Islets (Rowa Islets) (13°36'S., 167°32'E.)

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Vanua Lava Island—S portion

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Ravenga Island (13°46'S., 167°33'E.) lies about 1.8 miles N

of the N extremity of Ashwell Bluff. The island lies on a coral reef. Foul ground is reported to exist to the E of the island, and in strong E winds the sea has been seen to break to a distance of over 1 mile from shore. The island is separated from Vanua Lava by a passage having a width of 0.5 mile and depths of 9.1m. The passage has been reported to be free of dangers. Shoal patches have been reported to lie E to N of Ravenga Is- land, and can best be seen on the chart.

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From abreast of Ravenga Island, the coast of Vanua Lava

Island trends NW for 6 miles to the N extremity of the island, then it trends 6 miles SW to Red Cliffs (13°45'S., 167°24'E.), S of which is a conspicuous waterfall. There is a mission station 1 mile N of Red Cliffs. Anchorage may be obtained, in 18.3m, 0.3 mile from the shore at a large village situated 3.5 miles NE of Red Cliffs.

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Temporary anchorage may be obtained all along the NW

coast of the island, as nowhere do the depths deepen suddenly to prevent anchoring.

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Veutumboso Bay (Avreas Bay) (13°54'S., 167°28'E.) lies on

the SW side of Vanua Lava Island, 3 miles N of Ngeuseu Mbeuit Point (Paut Point). The bay affords shelter against winds from N through E to SSE. A house, situated on a hill above the black lava rocks, is conspicuous from seaward, but is hidden from the anchorage. Vessels may obtain anchorage, in 18.3 to 28m, in any part of the bay, at about 0.3 mile from the shore.

Islands East and North of Vanua Lava Island

6.74 Mota Island (Sugarloaf Island) (13°49'S., 167°42'E.)

lies 6 miles E of Port Patteson. The island has a conical peak, with a shoulder projecting to the W, from which direction the peak takes the form of a symmetrical cone. The cliffy coast is fringed by a narrow reef making landing difficult. The best place for a landing is near the mission station on the NW side of the island.

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There is no anchorage off Mota Island. Small vessels occa-

sionally lay a kedge anchor out on the reef, to which they ride for a short period of time.

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are three small, low, sandy, wooded islets located on a dangerous reef, which lies about 7 miles WNW of Saddle Is- land. The reef is crescent-shaped, with the concaved side to leeward. The weather side dries to a considerable extent at LW, and is always marked by breakers, but the lee side is calm and smooth and therefore dangerous. The area within a line connecting the NW extremity of the reef and the S islet, is almost filled by a shallow reef. The SW extremity on which the sea also breaks is bold to within 0.5 mile. Both extremities are easily visible.

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A vessel can obtain temporary anchorage, in 9.1 to 12.8m,

about 1 mile from the S islet, and 0.2 mile from the reef, with the summit of Mota Island bearing 140°.

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Rowa, the N islet, is the only one inhabited. There is a

mission and trading station on the islet. Sanna, the S islet and largest on the reef, lies about 1 mile S of Rowa Islet and term- inates at its S end in a bank of sand.

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Ureparapara Island (13°31'S., 167°20'E.) lies about 9

miles WNW of the Reef Islets. The island is nearly circular in shape and is free from any off-lying dangers. Dives Bay, on the NE side of the island, is an excellent harbor. A narrow belt of reef surrounds the island, except at its NE and SE side, but otherwise the coasts are steep-to. Landing may be effected on the lee side of the island near some villages. Tidal eddies have been observed off the SE and SW sides of the island.

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Dives Bay, on the NE side of the island, provides anchorage

near the head of the bay. The best berth seems to be in 18.3 to 22m, off a white sandy beach. The anchorage cannot be recom- mended, because the bottom is foul and squalls descend from the mountain sides.

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Vot Tande (Vat Ganai) (13°15'S., 167°39'E.), an islet about 22

miles NE of Ureparapara Island, is the northernmost of the Banks Islands. It is composed of two rocks, about 76m high, the top been covered with trees. A vertical rock, about 15m high, lies close off the NE side of the islet.

Caution.—Vot Tande (Vat Ganai) has been reported to lie 1.3 miles NE (1966) and 1 mile S (1989) of its charted position.

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The Torres Islands

6.76 The Torres Islands (13°17'S., 166°37'E.) consists of

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