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Beveridge Reef seen from space.
looking north across lagoon, from position after entrance

Beveridge Reef is a submerged atoll located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Niue, approximately 130 miles (209 km) from Niue and 600 miles (966 km) from the Cook Islands.[1][2][3] The reef is normally submerged,[4] with a small part visible at low tide.[1][5] It has been the cause of several fishing boats running aground.

Elsdon Best reported that "according to native tradition at Rarotonga, the Beveridge Reef was once a fine isle, with many coconut-palms growing thereon, but that it was swept bare by a fierce hurricane, which carried away both trees and soil, leaving nothing but the bare rock."[6]

WrecksEdit

The reef is the site of frequent shipwrecks:[7]

  • in 1918, the schooner James H. Bruce, [8]
  • the Nicky Lou of Seattle, a fiberglass hulled fishing vessel that ran aground on the reef, can be seen on the reef, and[9][10]
  • in 2017, the catamaran Avanti.[11][12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b South Pacific Commission (1992). The South Pacific Commission Fisheries Newsletter.
  2. ^ John Robert Victor Prescott; Grant Boyes (2000). Undelimited Maritime Boundaries in the Pacific Ocean Excluding the Asian Rim. IBRU. pp. 14–. ISBN 978-1-897643-39-6.
  3. ^ http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/06/beveridge-reef-from-shallow-seas-to-darker-depths/
  4. ^ A. G. Findlay (28 March 2013). A Directory for the Navigation of the Pacific Ocean, with Descriptions of Its Coasts, Islands, Etc.: From the Strait of Magalhaens to the Arctic Sea, and Those of Asia and Australia. Cambridge University Press. pp. 805–. ISBN 978-1-108-05973-2.
  5. ^ P. J. Dalzell; G. L. Preston; SPC Fisheries Programme (1992). Deep reef slope fishery resources of the South Pacific: a summary and analysis of the dropline fishing survey data generated by the activities of the SPC Fisheries Programme between 1974 and 1988. South Pacific Commission.
  6. ^ Best, Elsdon (1922). Some aspects of Maori myth and religion. W.A.G. Skinner. p. 10. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  7. ^ Grimshaw, Beatrice Ethel (1907). "In the Strange South Seas".
  8. ^ "The Seamen's Journal". 1919.
  9. ^ Miles Hordern (20 May 2014). Sailing the Pacific: A Voyage Across the Longest Stretch of Water on Earth, and a Journey into Its Past. St. Martin's Press. pp. 247–. ISBN 978-1-4668-7196-0.
  10. ^ Ocean Yearbook. 1994. ISBN 9780226066141.
  11. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/28/british-family-of-four-rescued-from-remote-reef-in-pacific-ocean
  12. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/reef-was-complete-surprise-says-pacific-shipwreck-father-bobby-cooper-catamaran-avanti-wrecked-off-beveridge-reef-near-niue-bp3f27z6k

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