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Sector 9. The Bismarck Archipelago

in the N part of the harbor, N of a shoal with a depth of 0.6m, midway between the E side of the harbor and the spit extending S from Pondo Point.

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Caution.—A spit, with depths of less than 1.8m, extends

750m S from Pondo Point. A deep channel, about 366m wide, separates the S end of this spit from a shoal, with depths of 3.1 to 7.9m South. Between the S end of this shoal and the coast to the E, there are some detached shoals and reefs, with deep channels between them.

9.62 Between Pondo Point and Rangombol Point, 2.75

miles N, the coast is flat and sandy. Between the Rangombol Point and Matiu Point, 7 miles NNW, the coast is covered with mangroves. Several small rivers intersect the swampy shore. Missamissakor, a rocky, uninhabited islet, is nearly 1 mile SE of Matiu Point. Small boats often shelter there.

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Matiu Point, which is covered with mangroves, is fronted by a

broad reef. A small, rocky islet lies close offshore in a position nearly 1 mile SE of the point. A large waterfall is located near a point 2 miles SE of Matiu Point. The Tongaliekanei River flows out about 3.3 miles NNW of the point. Between the river mouth and Rarakarakau Point, about 2 miles S, the coast is covered by high trees. A sandy beach is N of the river mouth.

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Between Rarakarakau Point and Ponosarer Point, 5 miles N,

the coast is fringed with mangroves and intersected by two small rivers.

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The W coast of the Gazelle Peninsula, N of Rangombol

Point, is fronted by a steep-to barrier reef that is 0.75 to 2.5 miles offshore. Small vessels with local knowledge can anchor, in 9.1 to 46m, between the barrier reef and shore.

9.63 Cape Lambert (4°11'S., 151°33'E.), bold and steep,

is the convergent point of several mountain ranges and is a good landmark from all directions except from the NW. Cape Wunawuwur, a wooded point, is located 2.5 miles E of Cape Lambert.

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Between Cape Lambert and the W entrance point of Atalikli-

kun Bay, about 20 miles E, the barrier reef lies from 7 to 3 miles offshore and trends in a general ESE direction. This reef curves S from the position off Cape Lambert, passing about 2.5 miles W of Cape Pomas and then extends in a SSE direction, parallel with the W coast of the peninsula.

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Elizabeth Reef, which dries and is apparently of volcanic

origin, forms part of the barrier reef, and is 5.5 miles NW of Cape Lambert. A wreck lies stranded on this reef.

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Norton Banks are on the barrier reef, about 2.8 miles NW of

Cape Pomas. Rarende Reef and Rarende Angale Reef, separated by a narrow channel, are 2.5 miles W of Cape Pomas. There are several passages through the barrier, but they are only suitable for vessels with local knowledge under favorable light condi- tions. A beacon marks the N side of a narrow passage through the barrier reef, about 2 miles SW of Cape Pomas. Another bea- con is 4.5 miles WSW of Cape Lambert.

A light is shown from the barrier reef, 6.75 miles N of Cape Lambert.

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Many above and below-water dangers are charted between the barrier reef and the coast.

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The Talele Islets, 3.25 miles ENE of Cape Lambert, are a

group of islets on a cluster of reefs surrounded by deep water. One of the islets is 18m high.

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Caution.—Local magnetic disturbance has been reported in

the vicinity of Nambung Point. 9.64 Between Cape Lambert and the W entrance point of

Ataliklikun Bay, there are several small inlets that afford anchorages to small vessels with local knowledge.

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Lassul Bay is deep and clear of dangers in its W part. A pass-

age about 183m wide between patches and the shore bank are on the E side of the bay. Depths of 9 to 22m are in the passage. The bay is reported to be fairly well sheltered even during N winds.

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Between Giretar Point, 1.5 miles E of the E entrance point of

Lassul Bay, and Sussum Point, 2.25 miles E, there are several small inlets fronted by islets and dangers. A plantation, with a flagstaff, is situated just W of Sussum Point. A patch, with a depth of 2.7m, is 0.75 mile NE of Giretar Point.

A beacon is about 0.8 mile NW of Giretar Point; another beacon 3 miles WNW marks the E end of a reef.

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Massava Bay, entered between Sussum Point and a point

about 1.5 miles W of the W entrance point of Ataliklikun Bay, affords restricted and sheltered anchorage, in 26 to 29m, about 0.3 mile offshore. The E side of the bay is fringed by reef. Massikonapuka Islet, 0.75 mile NNW of Sussum Point, is at

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the E end of an inner barrier reef. Massava Islet is about 0.5 mile E of the same point. The islet, which is surrounded by reef, is wooded; the tops of the trees reaching a height of about 34m. The portion of the bay E of the islet is clear.

9.65 The channel, which separates Massava Islet from the

coast to the W, is obstructed by a reef with a narrow passage on either side. A shoal, with a depth of 5.5m, is about 0.3 mile N of Sussum Point.

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Ataliklikun Bay, entered between the point 1.5 miles E of

the W entrance point of Massawa Bay, and Cape Liguan, about 8 miles NE, is very deep. The latter point is dominated by a mountain, 430m high, at the W end of the Rembarr Range. A reef extends about 1 mile offshore, close N of the Cape

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Liguan. Two shoals, with depths of 3.2m and 2.7m, respec- tively, are close outside this reef. Kambeira Bay, an open road- stead and the site of a trading station, indents the E shore of the bay, about 4 miles SE of the cape.

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Urara Island, about 2.5 miles WNW of Cape Liguan, is

fringed by a reef that extends 0.5 mile W and a short distance East. The island is low and wooded. A light is shown on the reef, close S of Urara Island. The light is obscured from the N. Reimers Reef extends about 1.5 miles NW from a position about 0.8 mile NW of the reef extending W from Urara Island. A reef fringes the shores of Kambeira Bay to a distance of

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0.35 mile.

Seesten Reef, awash and steep-to, is in the SW part of Ata- liklikun Bay, about 0.8 mile off a mission station.

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Anchorage.—Small vessels can anchor, in 18.2m, sand, about

0.5 mile off the shores of Kambeira Bay. The depths shoal sharply within the 10m curve. Vessels approaching from the NE should steer to pass midway between the reefs extending from Cape Liguan and Urara Island, and then for the anchorage.

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Between Cape Liguan and Cape Tawui, the rugged coast is

rather steep-to, but has some dangers lying up to 1 mile off- shore. Talili Bay indents the SE part of this coast.

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