Part 11. Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge

April 2017 – May 2017


beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

Relatively new attractions here appeared after the Second World War – mountains of military equipment in the coastal waters of Million Dollar Point and the sunken US ship SS President Coolidge, which before the war was a luxury cruise ship. There is a good snorkeling and really cool diving. In 2007 The Times even placed this place in the top 10 world’s best wreck dive sites.



beach, badian tree, tent,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

At the beginning of the Second World War Vanuatu was under the rule of France and Britain, but these states did not pay much attention to the colony.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

There were no military operations on the islands, but since they were in close proximity to the Pacific Front, they were a good place for military bases.

beach, crab, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

On the Efate island american army built a runway, infrastructure and road around the island.

badian tree, tent,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

But most of all was at Espiritu Santo, there was a large military base, though initially it was planned as a temporary

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On the island was built 3 runways and made a canal for a naval base.

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In 1942, the former cruise liner, and in wartime converted for military purposes, SS President Coolidge was sent to Espiritu Santo to protect military bases and deliver ammunition.

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Due to uncoordinated actions, the ship was blown up on the friendly mine.
Engines.

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Of the 2,000 people on board, 2 were killed.
3 inch gang.

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They were evacuated without equipment because they were sure that the ship would reach the shore, but did not take into account the presence of coral reefs.

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Now the ship lies very close to the shore at a depth of 20 to 70 meters.

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A lot of things, equipment and ammunition remained on the ship.
Cargo hold # 2.

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Since the wreck is near the shore it is possible to dive from the shore, but we dived from the boat.

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There are about 50 different routes, but all at a fairly big depth.

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Gas masks. Nearby there is a coral-covered rifle.

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Due to the fact that the water is warm and transparent depth is not particularly felt.

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Of course, this is only a small part of the interestingness of this wreck.

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But SS President Coolidge is not the only landmark here from the war.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

After the war, the military base was closed, and all equipment was dropped into the sea – now this place is called Million Dollar Point.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

It was cheaper to flood than to take out from the islands.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

It was the second-largest naval base of America after Hawaii.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

Several hundreds of tons were flooded, ranging from cans to bulldozers.

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Initially, there was an attempt to sell equipment, food, furniture and even clothes.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

Long negotiations were held with representatives of France and Britain, who at that time had power in Vanuatu.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

But Americans for too long received only refusals, even lowering the price to 6 cents per dollar, after that they just dumped all at sea with bulldozers.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

Dumping equipment in the sea, the military did not bother much, a lot lies just on the beach, although of course it’s better to watch at low tide.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu
beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu
Local dive clubs offer diving here although.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

We limited ourselves to snorkeling and it is very good here.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

The technique lies right next to the shore, although it is advised to snorkel at a low tide.

beach, military equipment,Million Dollar Point, Espiru Santo, Vanuatu

Now, in 60 years, there are discussions about the fact that the US military are back for cleaning the area, but it is unlikely that this will happen.

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Now this is one of the interesting points of Vanuatu attracting a lot of tourists.

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tree,fruit, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu


road, luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu


road, luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

And some general and information:

Hotel:
We live in a tent at the same place under the badyan tree for 2000vuv 2 nights.
Diving:
8000vuv per person, though initially agreed for 7500vuv.

The Trip.
Part 2. Qatar.
Part 2. The Hobbiton.
Part 3. The Coast of the northern island.
Part 4. Moeraki boulders, Taiaroa Head and Nugget Point.
Part 5. Fjordland.
Part 6. Quinstown.
Part 7. Mount Cook.
Part 8. West coast.
Part 9. Sea life.
Part 10. Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo.
Part 11. Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge.
Part 12. About airplanes.
Part 13. Rom dances at North Ambrym.

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