To Port Sandwich in the South East of Malakula Island
Position 16:27.69S 167:46.71E
Date 1315 (UTC +11) Friday 3 October 2014
Distance run – 10.8nm over the ground, 11.4nm through the water
Time from Gaspards Bay – 2hr 5mins
Our approach to the anchorage deepest into Port Sandwich, a secure natural harbour
This wreck is a local landmark and an indication of the former trading importance of the harbour
Ashore we found this very well kept homestead with cattle and chickens grazing the hillside. Here for the first time we saw well-tended commercial coconut plantations and the workforce returning home after a day’s work
This very happy pig had found a green coconut and looked very pleased with itself.
We walked 3 miles back down the bay to this dock, an alternative anchorage. It appears that there used to be a cattle processing facility here and offal waste was poured into the harbour. This has led to a bad reputation for grazing sharks. We did not wish to put the currency of this information to the test.
This father and son appeared to be taking produce to the village market.