Carondelet Reef

Carondelet Reef is a horseshoe-shaped reef of the Phoenix Islands, also known as the Rawaki Islands, in the Republic of Kiribati. It is located 106 km southeast of Nikumaroro, at , and has a least depth of 1.8 meters. It is reported to be approximately 1.5 km in length. The sea occasionally breaks over it.

History and name

Carondelet Reef was named after the vessel which reported it, which was not the USS Carondelet. It had been previously referred to as Carondelet reef before the USS Carondelet was named and commissioned, as mentioned in a report of the air search for Amelia Earhart dated 16 July 1937.

The multiple positions of Winslow Reef, mentioned by Robert Louis Stevenson, may have been due to confusing the position of Carondelet Reef with Winslow Reef.


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