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Put Put (or Rugen) Harbour is a totally protected enclosure offering perfect security in any weather. There is a Catholic operated timber mill on one side and a Seventh Day Adventist School on the other. Opposite Views of Put Put (or Rugen) Harbour, east New Britain. 1 Approaching the entrance which is narrow but deep with obvious settlement to starboard. 2 The entrance from the recommended anchorage inside the harbour. 3 The wharf at the Seventh Day Adventist School. 4 These leading beacons...

Entering Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is an easy country to enter, having only a minimum of rules for the visitor to observe. A current passport must be held and it must be stamped by a Papua New Guinea consulate. Usually this is good for only one month unless longer time is requested in which case a return fare may be demanded. This latter demand is rare. Many yachtsmen enter Papua New Guinea without any visa and have it readily granted within the country itself. Three months is usually the longest a tourist can...

Slade I

Strait ' i e.6'8. Hemoe faqe. 70. WAN IM ISLAND Pa e. 92. PANA WIN A ISLAND Rae. 88. BAGAMAN ISLAND R < je. 88. PANA N UM ARA I. T . 88. ABAGA GAHE1A 1. 88. msrriA isLAND-Bwa o.a Hbr. Tci e, Q DEBOYNE LAGOON 80. Samarai to Rossel Island (Louisiade Archipelago) SAMARAI A tiny island covering no more than fifty nine acres, Samarai lies at the south western end of China Strait, a stretch of tide troubled water which separates the south eastern tip of the Papua New Guinea...

Put Put Harbour to Umboi Island including Rabaul and all of the north coast of New Britain

NEW BRITAIN is an island lying west to east between the Papua New Guinea mainland and New Ireland. As it sits on the earthquake belt, disturbances occur from time to time and a few active volcanoes periodically give a performance. The south coast was not surveyed for this book but it can be advised here that the best time to see it is during the summer north west season, or between seasons. The south east winter trade wind season makes it a lee shore, and while not especially dangerous it can...

Swinger Opening

More calm periods than the Coral Sea because it is closer to the equator and therefore closer to being out of the trade wind belt. But it is not completely out of the belt and therefore its dominant wind during winter is the south east trade wind with the north westerly blowing during January and February. Calms predominate during transitional periods and can occur with remarkable frequency right in the middle of a winter season. Any wind-borne current will naturally flow with the wind but in...

Weather

Taken over a set of averages, both in time and place, the weather in Papua New Guinea can be described as gentle. Quite often it is too gentle for a sailing boat, particularly in the northern areas where calms often dominate. The most conspicuous exception to the above is the south coast from the south east tip of the Louisiade Archipelago to the Torres Strait where during winter (April to November) the south east trade wind is very well developed and blows consistently and with great force....

Basilaki Island

ENGINEER GROUP Making up part of the huge Louisiade Archipelago, the Engineer Group lies seven miles east of Basilaki Island and is twelve miles from west to east. It consists of numerous small and large islands, the most important being Slade (or Berri berrije), Skelton (Nara Nara wai), Watts and Hummock Islands. The water is always crystal clear over the excellent coral fringing reefs and there are a number of villages scattered around the group. Occasionally a very ornate canoe or two will...

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Other Transport 30 Jetties 30 Fuel 31 Gas 33 Water 33 Swimming 34 Fishing 36 Creatures of the Sea 38 Creatures of the Land 38 Earthquakes 40 Volcanoes 41 Tides 42 The Reefs 42 Weather 44 Anchorages 47 Soundings 48 Maps and Charts 48-50 AREA A. Samarai to Rossell Island (Louisiade Archipelago) 59 KEY MAP B 102 AREA B. Samarai to Port Moresby (South Coast of Papua New Guinea) 103 (North Eastern Papua New Guinea Coast) 115 AREA D. Treasury Island to Southern Tip of New Ireland, including the...

Kiau Point Anchorage Long Island

LONG ISLAND (Kiau Point Anchorage) Lying about forty miles west of Umboi Island, Long Island represents an easy day's sail for a westbound vessel and a logical first anchorage for an eastbound vessel hailing from Madang. It lies at the top of Vitiaz Strait and is almost inside Astrolabe Bay. The anchorage provides good holding in black sand with a minimum of disturbance from the swell during the foulest of south east weather. The visitor should be warned that many of the natives of Long Island...

Point Anchorage

ANCHORAGE As shown on the large scale detail map, the best anch.orage in Laitana Inlet will be found in 20 metres immediately south west of the jetty or as far towards the narrow neck of the inlet as possible. Beware of sudden shoaling here. The jetty should not be used without special permission and there are no services here. However, as stated, the anchorage is comfortable in any weather. PAIPAININ A POINT lies on the north west extreme of Normanby Island and provides absolute millpond...

McFarlane Harbour

Tavern 1 Trade S> fbre< fist Office. Bank Je.+f e , APPROACH from the south or east is best via Paluma Entrance which is a wide and deep gap in the barrier reefs about 13 miles SSE of the entrance to Marshall Lagoon (McFarlane Harbour). From Paluma entrance, steer a course which takes Twelve Mile Sandbank beacon close to port thence towards the harbour entrance via a black beacon which can be passed to either side and from where a red beacon will be seen well to port marking another small...

Lagoon

Top Nivani Island, in the Deboyne Lagoon, bears east (arrowed). Centre Nivani Island bears west from the eastern side of Deboyne Lagoon. Bottom These islets help identify the East Channel through the encircling reefs of Deboyne Lagoon. PASSAGE FROM THE CONFLICT GROUP TO DEBOYNE LAGOON. This is well charted and free of hazards. Lunn Islet en route is low and flat with plenty of coconut palms. There is a shack conspicuous on the north west corner and a major light visible at night for six miles...

Belesana Slipway

NAMOAI BAY (Wanatonoli Bay) Slashed into the eastern end of Sariba Island and protected from the east by Sideia Island, Namoai Bay enjoys total protection from any weather although a slight swell will be experienced close to Sawasawaga Village during strong trade winds. The best anchorage is in towards a creek in five to ten metres at the head of the bay where swinging room is restricted by the close proximity of the land but holding is excellent in mud. The two reefs within the bay, Philip and...

Tides

There are only two places in Papua New Guinea where the tide runs very swiftly (discounting rivers). These are the China Strait against the south east tip of the mainland and Buka Passage, a narrow strait between Buka and Bougainville Islands. In both places the current reaches six knots with possible higher rates in Buka Passage. Because the tide runs both ways, the boatman need not fight either of the above mentioned tides. He can always wait for the favourable stream then make a passage that...

North Coast of Papua New Guinea Madang to Sepik River

MADANG is often referred to as the most beautiful port in the South Pacific. And that's saying something. Certainly, there can be little argument that it is Papua New Guinea's prettiest port. And while offering scenic attraction next to none it also offers perfect comfort for the visiting boatmen plus enough facilities to make life easy. It is, in a nutshell, one of the finest places imaginable to rest for a month or two to leave the vessel securely moored while a trip home is undertaken. As...

Milne Bay to Astrolabe Bay north eastern Papua New Guinea Coast

East Cape Papua New Guinea

ALOTAU (Cameron Plateau) Alotau is the 'resettlement' area for Samarai which until the late 1960's was the Milne Bay provincial headquarters. Alotau now enjoys that distinction, not necessarily with the blessing of those who visit the area commercially. Indeed, I understand that more than a few shipmasters flatly refuse to use Alotau because of its exposed aspect during the winter trade winds. Nevertheless, the powers-that-be keep Alotau on the map and while such large companies as Steamships...

Samarai Waterfront

Samarai Market Area Milne Bay

Samarai is a tiny island with its waterfront facilities along the northern face. The anchorage is animated by strong currents and swell but is tolerable for a victualling stop. Opposite Views of Samarai. Some of the homes still have a grand colonial atmosphere about them. NAVIGATIONAL AIDS The above mentioned Brumer Light is a major light visible for twenty miles and is situated on the peak of Western Brumer Island. A second light is situated on Weku-una Rock visible for nine miles with a third...

Dos And Donts In Papua New Guinea

Many people leave a country complaining of restrictions, corruption and unpleasantness. In many cases the cause is the visitor himself. There are many things a visitor may do which are normal practice to him but which are offensive to the country he visits. The following is an attempt to smooth the path for the visitor so that situations do not arise which spoil what can otherwise be a most enjoyable time. Ladies, do not wander ashore at a village or into a town dressed in a bikini. Shorts if...

Native

Papua New Guinea Arts And People

The difference between a carving and an artifact will be clearly defined right now before delving into the fascinating subject of native art. A carving describes any piece of timber which has been transformed into a face, totem pole, spear or whatever by knife or chisel or sharpened shell. As such, it can describe an artifact. But an artifact is more generally an object of historical value something of great age. An artifact, therefore, is classified legally as a 'National Treasure' and any...

Treasury Islands to southern tip of New Ireland including the entire east coast of Bougainville Island and Buka Pass

Stirling Island

TREASURY GROUP Blanche Harbour Consisting of two large islands and many small islets which collectively form Blanche Harbour the Treasury Group lies close off the south coast of Bougainville Island and are actually a part of the Solomon Islands both geographically and politically. Therefore, a visitor is obliged to first clear into the Solomons at the Shortland Group close to the north east where customs and excise is represented. This will entail a payment of 100 for lighthouse dues making the...

Anchorages

Anchorages are what this book is all about. I believe most anchorages have been covered adequately and they will be found under their own heading accompanied by a map in Part Two of this book. Here I simply want to squash a few fallacies and confirm a few facts. The first thing most people hear about cruising in Papua New Guinea is the difficulty in anchoring because of the great depth of water. This is essentially true, but only in relation to shoal anchorages. For example, if you come from...

Kerema Bay To Port Moresby Large Chart

Gazelle Peninsula

Under no circumstances should this book be used alone. It is intended to be used only as a companion to official charts and publications. Most maps within this book were sketched on the spot by the author and therefore cannot and must not be used for the taking of bearings or for any reference where reliable positioning is required. In the following anchorage and port descriptions, the word map means the map reproduced in this book while the word chart refers to the official publication, be it...