Fergusson Island

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Fergusson
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Topographical map of Fergusson Island.
Fergusson Island is located in Papua New Guinea
Fergusson Island
Fergusson Island (Papua New Guinea)
Geography
Coordinates 9°30′S 150°40′E / 9.500°S 150.667°E / -9.500; 150.667
Archipelago D'Entrecasteaux Islands
Area 1,437 km2 (555 sq mi)
Highest elevation 2,073 m (6,801 ft)
Highest point Mount Kilkerran
Country
Papua New Guinea
Province Milne Bay Province
District Esa'ala District
Largest city Salamo
Demographics
Population 13000

Fergusson Island is the largest island of the D'Entrecasteaux Islands, in Papua New Guinea. It has an area of just over 500 square miles (1,437 km2), and mostly consists of mountainous regions, covered by rain forests. There are three large volcanoes on the island.

Fergusson Island is situated 3 km across the Dawson Strait from Normanby Island and 4 km from Goodenough Island across Moresby Strait.

The highest peak at 6,801 feet (2,073 metres) near Wadalei in the northeast of Fergusson Island is an extinct volcano. Seymour Bay is located on the west coast, Sebutuia Bay on the east, and Hughes Bay on the north. The principal settlements, Salamo and Mapamoiwa, are on the southern coast. Gold deposits at Wapolu on the north coast were worked briefly in the mid-1990s.

The island was named by Captain John Moresby after Sir James Fergusson, who was Governor-General of New Zealand from 1873-74.

On June 30, 1942, during World War II, a United States Navy PT-Boat base was established on the island. An Alamo Scouts Training Center was established at Kalo Kalo on November 28, 1943.

Houses on Fergusson Island, 1884-1885 sketch by Otto Finsch


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Media related to Fergusson Island at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 9°30′S 150°40′E / 9.500°S 150.667°E / -9.500; 150.667