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Sector 8. The Solomon Islands—Central and West Parts

breaks for about 4 miles; it, then follows with woods to the water’s edge for 5 miles. There is good anchorage, in 31m, within the second point of the head land of Bizuma Cove, tak- ing precautions to pass safely the sunken fringing reef off this point.

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Sikuleleki (Blanche) and Renard (Baromani), two islands SE

of the E end of the above-mentioned headland, have clear and deep passages between them. The coast from the Turenga River, about 6 miles N of Buzuma Cove, to the E end of Ren- dova Harbor is steep-to and fronted by several wooded islands with passages between them.

8.35 Tetipari Island (Tetepare Island)

(8°44'S.,

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Rendova Island from Iron Bottom Sound

miles. There are several islands on the N part of the reef, which is cut by several passes. There are several reefs in the lagoon between the barrier reef and the coast, however there is good anchorage in Port Rendova.

8.34 Port Rendova (8°24'S., 157°20'E.) is situated be-

tween the NW coast of the island and the islands W of it. Three main entrances lead through the barrier reef and are described below.

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South Western Pass has been wire dragged to 12m to a mini-

mum width of 411m. Vessels should enter in mid-channel on a course of 141° and when inside, turn to port into the harbor area. Exercise caution when approaching this pass from SW. Reefs at the W end of Rendova Harbor have not been surveyed, except in the vicinity of the passage.

Note.—A considerable portion of the harbor has been wire- dragged to 12m.

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Western Entrance, lying between the islands of Kuru Kuru

and Lumbari has been wire dragged to 12m over a least width of 69m, and is about 229m wide between the 10m depth con- tour. The pass should only be used under favorable conditions of light. There are no dangers in the approach, with the excep- tion of a drying reef lying 500m SW of Lumbari Island.

Renard Entrance, 229m wide between the reefs, has been dredged to 9m over a minimum width of 90m. A vessel must execute a sharp turn to starboard to avoid the reef lying about 0.2 mile SW of the SW end of Kokorana Island. This reef and a 5.4m shoal patch, about 0.2 mile WSW of the SE end of Bau Island, constitute the principal dangers encountered in entering the harbor through this passage, although the tidal current sets strongly across the mouth of Renard Entrance.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is found in Rendova Harbor in an

area 3 miles in length from NE to SW, with an average width of 0.35 mile, in a dredged depth of 12m, with the exception of several isolated shoals.

The E coast of Rendova Island, between Rava Point and Buzuma Cove, consists of sand beaches, on which the sea

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157°34'E.), heavily wooded to the water’s edge, is a very hilly island without any conspicuous peaks. The S coast, almost precipitous, is fringed with reefs which project more than 0.5 mile offshore in places, but is otherwise steep-to. On the reef just W of the middle of this coast is a rock, 18.2m high, with trees on it. The NE coast is cliffy and steep-to between Cape Rice and Somerville Point, the NE and N extremities, respec- tively, of the island. At the W extremity of the N side of the island is Waugh Bay. There is anchorage in Waugh Bay during the SE trades, in a depth of 50m, in the W part of the bay, about 0.2 mile offshore.

New Georgia—South Coast

8.36 The S coast of New Georgia, from abreast Mbelom-

belo to Tambaka Point, is featureless, but becomes cliffy near Port Viru. Near Mbelombelo, the coastal reef starts, enclosing Roviana Lagoon.

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Port Viru (8°30'S., 157°44'E.), affording the only anchorage

along the entire SW coast, is about 1.5 miles in length, with depths of 13 to 22m, and is landlocked without swell. The en- trance, flanked by cliffs on either side, is 0.15 mile wide but fringing reefs, marked by beacons, reduce its useful width to less than 0.1 mile. Within the entrance the channel turns sharp- ly ENE for 0.25 mile, then NNE into the harbor, and then to the anchorage. Swinging room for a vessel over 36m is limited because of the mud bank and reef off the mouths of the streams on the W side. Vessels call here to load timber.

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Monro Bay, entered between Viru Harbor and Rapichana

Point, is bordered by cliffs about 40m high. There is no anchor- age here because of the great depths.

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Reynolds Bay, entered between Hecla Point (8°38'S.,

157°48'E.) and Rapichana Point, is bordered with a narrow coral ridge, with trees on it that reach 30m. Rapichana Point is prominent and fronted by small barrier reefs.

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The Hele Islands lie on the barrier reef extending about 14

miles S from Hecla Point on New Georgia. The reef extends S for about 8 miles and then SW to Morton Island. Both N and S of the island, the reef is submerged; the N portion, known as Hele Bar, has a depth of 3.7m, while the S part has depths of 5.5 to 7.3m. East Island and South Island, at the S end of the barrier reef, are covered with large trees and are connected by an immersed reef. A white tower with a light is situated on

South Island (8°48'5"S., 157°46'E.).

Underwater volcanic activity has taken place S of South Is- land, the locations of which are best seen on the chart.

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