Winslow Reef, Phoenix Islands
Location of Phoenix Islands
|Summit depth||11 metres|
|Location||central Pacific Ocean|
|Discovered by||Perry Winslow|
Winslow Reef is an underwater feature of the Phoenix Islands, Republic of Kiribati, located 200 kilometres (120 mi) north-northwest of McKean Island at . It is the northernmost and westernmost feature of the Phoenix Islands, not counting the outlying Baker and Howland Islands. It has a least depth of 11 m (36 ft). The reef is about 1.6 km (1 mi) long east-west, and about half that wide. The bottom is pink coral and red sand. Winslow Reef is mentioned by Robert Louis Stevenson, who sailed over an area thought to be Winslow Reef in late 1889, but did not find it.
It is part of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area and is therefore a protected nature reserve.
It is not to be confused with Winslow Reef in the Cook Islands at .
- Stevenson, Robert Louis (August 1998) [letter: 2 December 1889]. "Chapter 13, Part V". Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (e-book). Volume 2. Seattle, Washington, USA.: The World Wide SchoolTM.
We had one particularity: coming down on Winslow Reef, p. d. (position doubtful): two positions in the directory, a third (if you cared to count that) on the chart; heavy sea running, and the night due. The boats were cleared, bread put on board, and we made up our packets for a boat voyage of four or five hundred miles, and turned in, expectant of a crash. Needless to say it did not come, and no doubt we were far to leeward.
- Denger, Otto; Gillaspy, Edwin (August 15, 1955). Atoll Research Bulletin, Canton Island, South Pacific (PDF). 41. Washington DC: Pacific Science Board, National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council. p. 6. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
The whaler 'Phoenix' discovered Winslow Reef, northwest of Canton, in 1851, and the name of this vessel became attached to the entire group of islands.
- Ships' Log Collection, Phoenix, Nov. 7, 1848 – Feb. 5, 1853. In the Nantucket Historical Association, Resource Library and Archives. 
- "Phoenix Island protected area. Management plan, 2009-2014" (pdf). UNESCO. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- "PacIOOS. Howland & Baker". Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
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