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    Vanikoro (Vanikolo) Santa Cruz Islands | Temotu Province Solomon Islands

Location
Lat 11° 39' 0S Long 166° 54' 0E  Vanikoro Island is located in the Santa Cruz Island Group (Santa Cruz Islands) in in the Solomon Islands. Also known as "Vanikolo". This island is located furthest to the south in the Santa Cruz Group. On the southwest coast is Peou Bay (Pallu Passage). Located 1,100 miles from the Coral Sea and 800 miles from Guadalcanal.

Prewar
The Kauri Timber Company operated a powerful radio set on the island. This same radio was utilized during the war by the only female coastwatcher in the Pacific, Ruby Boye. When the Pacific war started, all Europeans and women were evacuated from the island. Two stayed, husband and wife: Ruby and Skov Boye.

Female Coastwatcher Ruby Boye
Ruby Boye was 51 years old in 1942 and had been operating the radio on Vanikoro since 1939. She was appointed as a coastwatcher by the RAN, and broadcast weather reports four times a day. Here broadcasts often got through when other stations did not.

Third US Army Outpost
When the US Army arrived later in 1942, the location was named the Third US Army Outpost, and Ruby was then under US Navy command. Her role expanded to include sending intelligence messages to coastwatcher, and U. S. Intelligence headquarters in Port Vila. Boye's broadcasts were vital and appreciated by Allied aviators and sailors. She was visited by Admiral Halsey, who landed in a PBY Catalina and came ashore to meet Ruby and thank her for here work. She was relieved in late 1943, after two years of service, and was taken by PBY back to Sydney for treatment for shingles. With the war moved further to the north, this ended the service of the Pacific's only female coastwatcher.

American Ship
Sunk off Vanikoro Island, details unknown.

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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