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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

in heavy weather, further to the SW the reef is awash. The principal villages lie on the N and W coast of the island. The island was reported to lie 2.5 miles N of its charted position.

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Basilisk Harbor (11°16'S., 166°30'E.) is about 1 mile wide

between Hayter Point, the N entrance point, and Moresby Point, the S entrance point. Ringdove Passage, an opening about 0.2 mile wide in the barrier reef through which vessels have to pass to enter Basilisk Harbor, is situated 1.75 miles WSW of Moresby Point. There is a patch, with a depth of 5.8m, on the SE side of the fairway close within the entrance, and a patch with a depth of 5.8m, near the NE extremity of the reef on the W side of the entrance.

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Byron Bay, lies on the E side of the harbor, near its head, and

affords anchorage, in depths of 22 to 26m. There is no swing- ing room for a large ship because of the reefs projecting from the shores of the bay.

6.84 Ndendo Island (Ndende Island) (10°46'S.,

165°57'E.), located 39 miles NW of Utupua Island, is the largest of the Santa Cruz Islands. The island consists of mountains, hills, and a coastline indented with many inlets and bays. The vegetation on the island is dense and the rainfall heavy. The S side of the island has not been examined. Graciosa Bay (10°44'S., 165°48'E.) located at the W end of

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the N side of Ndendo Island, may be entered through N passage or W passage. The bay is about 3.5 miles in length and 1.5 to 2 miles in width. The bay serves as the main port for the outer islands. Manoora Shoal (10°46'S., 165°49'E.), a coral bank with a least depth of 16.1m, lies 0.6 mile off the head of the bay. Lata Jetty, 20m in length, lies 0.6 miles S of Luova Point (Spurgeon Point). A wharf, 15m in length, with a least depth of 3m alongside, lies 0.3 mile SW of Manoora Shoal. The wharf was reported (1989) destroyed and suitable only for small craft.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be obtained on Manoora

Shoal, in a depth of 14.9m, good holding ground. Good an- chorage was found, in a depth of 60m, about 0.3 mile SSW of Shaw Point. Anchorage may also be taken in a small bay close S of the W entrance to West Passage. This anchorage is shel- tered from the prevailing winds, but is very restricted, with only 0.2 mile between reefs.

6.85 West Passage (10°42'S., 165°47'E.) is divided at its E

end by a reef, on which lies a black rock. West Passage is not recommended for other than small craft. A light is shown from the SW extremity of Tomotu Neo.

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North Passage leads into Graciosa Bay between Cape Tre-

vanion, the N extremity of Trevanion Island, and Carteret Point. The passage is reported to be deep and free of dangers. Trevanion Island (Temotu Island) (10°41'S., 165°47'E.) lies

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off the NW side of Ndendo Island and partly fronts Graciosa Bay. The island is rather low, covered with trees, and separated from Ndendo Island by West Passage.

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Lord Howe Island (Tomotu Noi Island) (10°51'S.,

166°02'E.), separated from the SE side of Ndendo Island by a deep channel about 0.8 mile wide, is reported to lie farther S than charted. It has been reported that good anchorage, in 14.6 to 22m, may be obtained in an inlet abreast the W end of Lord Howe Island.

6.88 Fenualoa Island (10°16'S., 166°12'E.) lies close NW

of Lomlom Island and is separated from it by Forrest Passage, which is free of dangers. A reef extends 1.5 miles off the S end of Fenualoa Island in a SW direction. There is a deep channel between this reef and a reef to the W of it. Nifiloli Island lies

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Swallow Bay (10°41'S., 166°04'E.), entered about 2 miles W

of Cape Byron, the NE extremity of Ndendo Island, is only a slight indentation in the coast. Rocks extend from both en- trance points. The bottom affords poor holding ground. Depths in the bay are very deep.

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Carlisle Bay is located about 3.5 miles W of Shallow Bay.

The bay affords good shelter from SE and S winds within the reefs, but is partly open to the NE.

6.86 Byron Bay (10°40'S., 165°59'E.) lies about 1.5 miles

W of Carlisle Bay and affords anchorage in the center of the bay, in depths of 27 to 37m. A vessel was reported to have anchored in a depth of 22m, with the entrance points of the bay bearing 054° and 324°.

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Tinakula Island (Tamami Island) (10°24'S., 165°47'E.) lies

15 miles N of Cape Trevanion. The island is a volcanic cone, with its lower part covered with vegetation and its upper part bare. The volcano is active from time to time. Forrest Reef (10°15'S., 165°47'E.) was reported (1899) to lie about 7 or 8 miles N of Tinakula Island, but its position is doubtful. A bank, 400m in length, running in an E/W directions, with a depth of 82m over it was reported in the same position (1900). Less water may actual exist in this vicinity.

The Reef Islands

6.87 The Reef Islands (10°15'S., 166°06'E.), about 22

miles N of the E end of Ndendo Island, are dangerous to ap- proach on account of the extensive reefs which extend from them, especially on their W side. The islands occupy an extent of about 40 miles in an E-W direction from Banga Ndende, the SE island of the group, to Nupani, the NW island of the group. Brougham Shoal (9°38'S., 165°26'E.) over which the sea

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breaks heavily, extends 10 miles E-W and 4 miles N-S; the position was confirmed in 1987.

Patteson Shoal (9°51'S., 166°07'E.) has a least depth of 12.4m, reported in 1987.

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Goldfinch Shoal (10°17'S., 166°50'E.) was reported (1987) to have a least depth of 11.4m.

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Banga Ndende Island (Nibanga Island) (10°21'S.,

166°17'E.), the SE island of the group, is a small, round, bold- looking island, with apparently deep water around it. Banepi Island, the E island of the group, lies about 3 miles NNE of Banga Ndende Island, to which it is similar in size and appear- ance, but not as high. The island is wooded and has a small bight on its W side.

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Lomlom Island (10°18'S., 166°15'E.), located 1 mile W of

Banepi Island, is the largest island of the group. It appears to be free of dangers except off its SW extremity, where a reef with several large rocks within its edge extend SW for 1.5 miles. Mohawk Bay is an indentation in the reef on the W side of Lomlom Island. On the reef forming the bay the water is shal- low and in places dries at LW, and there are several islets stand- ing on the reef. 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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