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Winslow Reef, Phoenix Islands

Winslow Reef is an underwater feature of the Phoenix Islands, Republic of Kiribati, located 200 km 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 metres. The reef is about 1.6 km 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.[1]

The reef was discovered by the whaler Phoenix in 1851, and the name of the whaler became attached to the entire group of islands.[2] Perry Winslow was the master of the Phoenix on this voyage.[3]

It is part of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area and is therefore a protected nature reserve.

The Winslow Reef borders the U.S. Howland-Baker EEZ.[4] The PacIOOS mentions that Winslow Reef is "on the southeast boundary line of the EEZ".[5]

It is not to be confused with Winslow Reef in the Cook Islands at .

See also


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  3. ^ Ships' Log Collection, Phoenix, Nov. 7, 1848 – Feb. 5, 1853. In the Nantucket Historical Association, Resource Library and Archives. [1]
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External links

  • Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Kiribati
  • Seamount Catalog — Winslow Reef Seamount listing

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