Pocklington Reef

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Pocklington Reef
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ISS image of Pocklington Reef
Pocklington Reef is located in Papua New Guinea
Pocklington Reef
Pocklington Reef
LocationSolomon Sea
Coordinates10°48′44″S 155°44′18″E / 10.81222°S 155.73833°E / -10.81222; 155.73833Coordinates: 10°48′44″S 155°44′18″E / 10.81222°S 155.73833°E / -10.81222; 155.73833 [1]
ArchipelagoLouisiade Archipelago
Adjacent bodies of waterSolomon Sea
Total islands2 inhabited on Bentley Group
Major islands
  • North islet
Area0.01 km2 (0.0039 sq mi)
Highest elevation1 m (3 ft)
ProvinceMilne Bay
DistrictSamarai-Murua District
LLGYaleyamba Rural Local Level Government Area
Population0 (2014)
Pop. density0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
Additional information
Time zone
Official websitewww.ncdc.gov.pg

Pocklington Reef is a coral reef and a mostly submerged atoll in the far southeast of Papua New Guinea.

It is 162.4 km from the closest island, Loa Boloba, which is a tiny coral islet within the fringing reef near Cape Deliverance, the south east point of Rossel Island (Yela) in the Louisiade Archipelago, and belongs to Milne Bay province, Samarai-Murua District, Yaleyamba Rural Local Level Government Area.

Pocklington Reef sits on top of Pocklington Ridge, which extends north-east from Rossel Island. The reef is 32 km long and up to 4 km wide. Its longer axis is north-east-south-west. The rim of the reef encloses a deep lagoon. The northern rim reaches closer to the surface, and several above water rocks with heights between 0.9 and 3 metres high lie along its length. There is a small spit of sand about the size of a football field (less than one hectare) at the north-east end.


There is a shipwreck at that location.[2]

On 28 April 1962, Panamanian SS Dona Ourania[3] grounded on Pocklington Reef.[4]

Marine protected area[edit]

Pocklington Reef Marine Park is a proposed marine protected area.[1]


  1. ^ a b Pocklington Reef Wood, L. J. (2007). MPA Global: A database of the world's marine protected areas. Sea Around Us Project, UNEP-WCMC & WWF. www.mpaglobal.org
  2. ^ Catalog of Nautical Charts.
  3. ^ Dona Ourania Wear Built Ships
  4. ^ Gerald Forsberg Salvage from the Sea Publisher: Routledge and Kegan Paul, Jan 1, 1977

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