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Sector 2. The Line Islands, the Cook Islands, the Samoa Islands, and the Tonga Islands

the entire length of the island and is of extremely rugged aspect, especially in the E. The N coast is bold and precipitous. The 180m curve lies from 0.1 to 2.3 miles off the S coast of

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Tutuila, about 4.3 miles off the W extremity, and from 1.3 to 2.5 miles off the N coast. There are several shoal areas, especi- ally off the S coast, which may best be seen on the chart.

Tides—Currents.—Currents near the coast set SSW, particularly with NE winds. Rates of 4 knots have been observed. Between Tutuila and Upolo, a NW current with a rate of less than 0.5 knot has been found to exist. A current setting SW from Cape Taputapu is said to produce overfalls. The S coast of the island extends from Cape Matatula, the E

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extremity of the island, in a WSW direction about 14 miles to Steps Point, the S extremity, and then about 5.8 miles NW to Cape Taputapu, the islands W extremity.

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From Cape Matatula (14°15'S., 170°34'W.) to Matuli Point,

1.5 miles S, the coast is fronted by a reef which extends about 0.1 mile offshore.

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Aunuu Island (14°17'S., 170°33'W.) lies 0.7 mile SSE of

Matuli Point. The island has two peaks, and there is a village at its W end. A light is shown from the island’s NE shore. Caution.—A cable area extends across the channel between

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Aunuu Island and Tutuila Island, and is best seen on the chart. Vessels should avoid anchoring in the vicinity.

2.24 Nafanua Bank, with a least charted depth of 6.4m, extends 1.5 miles in a SW direction from Aunuu Island. When making Pago Pago Harbor from the N, vessels usually pass N of Aunuu Island.

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From Matuli Point, the coast trends 2.3 miles SW to Cape

Fogausa. A rock, with a depth of 3.1m, lies about 0.4 mile SSE of the cape.

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Fagaitua Bay lies between Cape Fogausa and Lions Head,

1.7 miles W. There is a 3.7m patch near the middle of the bay. The chart should be consulted for other depths.

Breakers Point (14°18'S., 170°40'W.), 2 miles W of Lions Head, is the E entrance point to Pago Pago Harbor.

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Discolored water has been reported (1989) to exist within 1 mile of position 14°22.2'S, 170°40.7'W.

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Taema Bank, with charted depths of 7.3m, lies across the entrance to Pago Pago Harbor, about 1.5 miles S of Breakers Point. The bank is about 2.3 miles long in an ENE-WSW direction.

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Narragansett Passage lies between Taema Bank and Nafanua

Bank to the E. There are several banks in the vicinity of the passage whose positions may best be seen on the chart. The pass is not recommended due to the age of survey.

Pago Pago Harbor (14°17'S., 170°40'W.)

World Port Index No. 55680 2.25 Pago Pago, a natural harbor located on the S shore of

Tutuila, is entered between Breakers Point and Niuloa Point, about 0.8 mile WSW.

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Pago Pago, on the NW side of the harbor is the largest

village on the island and is the seat of the government. It is the only port of entry for American Samoa. The village of Utulei is situated close SE of the government administration buildings,

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and the village of Fagatogo is situated close W of the same buildings.

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Winds—Weather.—The climate of the Samoa Group is

mild. Although not far from the Equator, it is pleasant, even at sea level. The year divides itself into a dry season, May to October, and a wet season, November to April, with a wide variation in rainfall from year to year.

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The prevailing winds, or so-called trade winds, come from

an E direction, blowing between the ESE and NNE. These winds are fairly constant through the dry season, but during the wet season, are weaker, being broken by frequent calms. Tides—Currents.—The mean tidal range is 0.7m, while the spring range is 0.9m.

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Depths—Limitations.—The shores of the harbor are

fringed by reefs, which on the W side of the entrance extend up to 0.3 mile offshore and the same distance inside the E entrance. In most parts the reefs are steep-to and their edges are marked by surf.

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The depths in the harbor are from 31 to 69m. An 18.3m

depth is charted outside the 37m curve, about 0.2 mile SW of Breakers Point. A dangerous submerged wreck is situated about 0.1 mile E of the patch.

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Station Wharf (Main Wharf), on the S side of the inner har-

bor, has depths of 9.8 to 11m alongside, but in 1987, a vessel reported a least depth of 9.1m alongside.

A deep draft container wharf, 240m long, is situated between Station Wharf and Fuel Pier.

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Fuel Pier has depths of 10.3m alongside.

Station Wharf and Fuel Pier have been reported (1992) to be in poor condition.

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at the NE end.

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for the fishing fleet serving the canneries. harbor.

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Customs Pier has a depth off 3.1m at the SW end and 6.1m The facilities on the N shore of the inner harbor are reserved An aerial cable, with a clearance of 46m, spans the inner Aspect.—When making the port, easily-identified land-

marks include Aunuu Island; Steps Point, the S extremity of the island; the sharp peak of Matafao, 653m high, 1.3 miles S of Pago Pago; the flat, dome shape of North Pioa Mountain, 524m high, on the E side of the harbor; and Fatu Rock, 31m high, located 0.2 mile S of Niuloa Point. Tauga Rock, about 1 mile E of Breakers Point, is 27m high and prominent.

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Pilotage.—Pilotage is not compulsory, but is advisable; a

pilot is available day or night. Pilotage fees are charged wheth- er or not a pilot is used. It is recommended that large vessels request a pilot if docking in inclement weather. A radio request for a pilot should be made 24 hours prior to the ETA. The pilot prefers to embark close to the dock, but in good weather will embark off Fatu Rock.

Entrance at night is not encouraged; however, if previous ar- rangements are made and weather permits, a pilot will embark during hours of darkness.

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Port officials board inbound ships alongside the dock. Regulations.—See U.S. Coast Pilot 7 for regulations per- taining to navigation in U.S. waters.

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