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Sector 7. The Solomon Islands—East Part

anchorage may be taken off a reef with the settlement bearing 090°, distant 0.75 mile. A road connects the settlement with Honiara.

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Between Nuhu Point (Nughu Point)and Paila Point (West

Cape) (9°32'S., 159°35'E.), the W extremity of Guadalcanal Island, the channel off the coast is reported to be deep and clear except for charted dangers which are as far as 5 miles offshore and which should be given a wide berth.

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Hat Hill, a remarkable cone 609m high, and another cone

914m high, 3 miles ENE and 8 miles NE, respectively, from Paila Point, are two prominent summits conspicuous when approaching from the S.

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An islet on foul ground just W of Paila Point is marked by a light. 7.40 Between Paila Point and Cape Hunter (9°49'S.,

159°49'E.), about 24 miles to the SE, there are some prominent points and corresponding indentations which afford anchorage off this stretch of mountainous coast.

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Kopau Harbor, SE of Paila Point, is a circular basin about

0.4 mile wide between the fringing reefs on either side of the entrance. A reef fringes almost the entire shore of the basin, except for a small opening in the E part, where there is a landing place.

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Flora Rock (9°32'S., 159°36'E.), with a least reported depth

of 2.7m, consists of a series of small rocks on a shallow ridge just S of center of the harbor.

Anchorage can be taken in Kopau Harbor, in 14.6 to 18.3m, about 0.1 mile SE of Flora Rock.

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Beaufort Bay (9°36'S., 159°39'E.) is a large indentation just

N of Cape Beaufort, which offers anchorage, in a depth of 18.2m.

Wanderer Bay is entered between Serapina Point and Maasambagha Point (Cape Austen).

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The Kosughu River (Boyo Creek) discharges into the bay;

silting has probably led to depths less than charted. Denham Roadstead, at the head of the bay, affords anchorage, in 11m, about 0.3 mile NW of the mouth of the Kosuhgu River. Anchorage can be taken, in 37m, sand, 0.5 mile WNW of

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Vatuvelevele Point (Aowawa Point), but the roadstead should be avoided during onshore winds.

7.41 Cape Hunter (9°49'S., 159°49'E.) is the W end of a

bluff promontory, 481m high. The coast in the vicinity is covered with trees from the shore to the summit of the mount- ains. Foul ground extends about 0.3 mile from the cape, and at the E end of the promontory is Vatuolo, a rock, 11.2m high.

Hunter Roadstead, on the NW side of Cape Hunter, affords anchorage, in 22m, fine sand, 0.5 mile W of Euro village. The roadstead is unsafe during onshore winds.

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The S coast of Guadalcanal Island is sheltered during the Northwest Monsoon, except when the wind backs to the SW. Lauvi Point (Lauvie Point), about 36 miles E of Cape Hunt-

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er, is about 15.2m high, and about 1.5 miles S of Lauvi Point lies Korasahalu Islet (Korasagalu Islet). The islet is covered with bushes and there are some trees up to 15m high; a coral reef surrounds the islet and shoal water extends E and W from it. There is a deep passage between Lauvi Point and the islet. Caution is advised as volcanic activity has been reported in the

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7.42 Savo Island (9°08'S., 159°49'E.), which lies in the

passage between the W extremities of Nggela Island and Guadalcanal Island, is a wooded volcanic island with several peaks, the highest of which, nearly in the center, has an elevation of 485m. A narrow steep-to reef fringes the island, and there is a steep white beach at the N end. Several villages and a mission station are situated on the island. There are coconut groves and some agriculture.

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The 200m curve is no more than 0.6 mile offshore and at 1

mile offshore the depths are 550m; the bottom is chiefly com- posed of small volcanic stones. Earthquakes are frequent.

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Tides—Currents.—The tidal currents along the shores of

Savo follow the trend of the coast line, running N and S with a variable strength of 0.5 to 1.5 knots, and are uncertain. Tide rips are formed where the currents meet off the N and S points of the island and these tide rips create an impression of off- lying dangers. In the past, during good settled weather, the N current was found to commence about 1 hour after LW and the S current at about HW by the shore.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage can be taken, in 18.3m, about 0.2

mile off a village on the SW side of the island. A rock, with a depth of less than 1.8m, is near the coast N of the village. Anchorage can also be taken, in 18.3 to 37m, about 0.2 mile off a village on the NW side of the island. Some above-water rocks front the beach and there is a white house here. This is locally known as Black Rocks Anchorage.

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Iron Bottom Sound is the name assigned to the body of water

lying between the Florida Islands and Guadalcanal Island to the W of Sealark Channel.

The Florida Islands (Nggela Group)

7.43 The Florida Islands (Nggela Group) are made up of

Nggela Sule (Sula), the largest of these volcanic islands; Mbokonimbeti Island (Olevuga Island); Vatilau; and several other small islands NW of Nggela Island.

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Nggela Sule (Sula) is actually two islands separated by

narrow Utuha Passage and is wooded with grassy tracts bare of trees.

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The prominent peaks on Nggela Sule are Tanamanu

Mountain (Sharp Peak), a conspicuous bare conical hill, 211m high, at the E end of Nggela Sule; Cleverley Hill, 259m high, about 1 mile WNW of Tanamanu Mountain; Dome Mountain,

vicinity. Valena afu Reef, which breaks occasionally, is about 3 miles WSW of Lauvi Point.

Cape Henslow, about 13.5 miles E of Lauvi Point, is a bold point with a fringing reef.

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Between the coast and the main mountain range there are

several peaks. Mount Vatusuangaghi (Vatuvisa), a sharp peak, 1,602m high, is about 5 miles WSW of Mount Popomanaseu (Popomanasiu). The Itina River discharges close E of Cape Hunter and brings with it large trees which strew the beaches on either side of the entrance. Boulders of coral have been noticed in this vicinity.

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Caution.—Vessels are advised to remain clear of the S coast

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