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Sector 9. The Bismarck Archipelago

trict Officer’s house stands on the 78m hill SW of the settle- ment and about 0.3 mile inland. There are some trading stores, a post office, and small machine shops.

9.21

Kokopo became the new capital of East New Britain

Province after Rabaul was damaged by volcanic activity in 1994.

9.21

Depths—Limitations.—There is a mission station at Vuna-

pope. Cement Wharf, near the mission, has 2.4m of water at its head, it is no longer in use (1969).

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An L-shaped jetty is constructed at Vunapope Mission

Station. The berthing face is 23m long, with an alongside depth of about 9m.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage can be taken off Vunapope, in

46m, good holding ground, with Lesson Point and Mushroom Islet in line bearing 086°. Small vessels with local knowledge can anchor farther inshore, in 33m.

Caution.—A wreck lies alongside another jetty just E of the Cement Wharf

9.21

9.22 Blanche Bay is entered between Raluana Point and

Praed Point. Raluana Point has a spit extending 0.25 mile seaward from it and a mission and trading station, with a small jetty, are 0.6 mile SE. Praed Point, at the foot of Mount Turun- guna, has a mission village.

Karavia Bay indents the S shore and Matupi Harbor and Simpson Harbor indent the N shore of Blanche Bay. The N shore of the bay is overlooked by the three picturesque and magnificent mountain cones, with the rugged outline of two small volcanoes in the foreground. Mount Tavurvur is an active volcano.

9.22

There are several villages on the S shore with mission stations in most of them.

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The shores of Simpson Harbor are mainly sand with an

occasional narrow reef. There are no dangers except for Dawa- pia Rocks (Beehive Rocks) and the shoal E of them. Dawapia Rocks are two prominent sandstone rocks lying in the middle of the S part of the harbor, and they are marked by a lighted beacon about 0.1 mile East. They stand on the SE part of a reef, about 0.2 mile long and steep-to. These rocks are each about 90m long; the N rock is 60m high. A 1.8m shoal is 0.1 mile E of the rocks.

The shores of Karavia Bay are rather steep-to, with deep water up to 0.3 mile offshore.

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Between Praed Point and Sulphur Point, the coast is reef-

fringed to a distance of 0.1 mile. A 3.3m shoal is outside the fringing reef, about 0.4 mile ESE of Sulphur Point. A wreck is stranded on the fringing reef N of this shoal.

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The entrance of Matupit Harbor (Matupi Harbor) is 0.75

mile wide, but the channel, with depths of 22 to 55m, is only 0.25 mile wide between the 10m curves. A spit, with depths of less than 1.8m, extends 0.3 mile SE from the SE side of Matu- pit Island (Matupi Island). A detached shoal, with a depth of less than 1.8m, is on the W side of the fairway, E of the island.

Dawapia Rocks (Beehives Rocks)

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Caution.—It has been reported that Simpson Harbor is

fouled with many wrecks, some of which are dangerous to nav- igation. Some of these wrecks may not be properly charted; further, depths and heights are based on datum that may be about 0.6m too low. There is considerable pumice floating in the harbor, but it is not dangerous to navigation.

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View from Blanche Bay approaching Rabaul

Approaches to Rabaul

9.23 Mackenzie Shoal, the outer danger, has a depth of

5.2m and is about 0.5 mile SW of Praed Point; it is marked by a light.

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Volcanic action and seismic waves constitute potential dan- gers in the area.

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Hot salt water springs and boiling steam may be seen in num-

erous places around the N and E shores of Matupi Harbor. The gases in these springs give off a pungent odor. The floor of Matupi Harbor appears to be slowly rising due to volcanic action in the area, which is causing the land in the vicinity to tilt.

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