Ok today I am telling
you about Luganville, this is a small town situated around 50
kilometres south of Champagne Bay on Espiritu Santo's south-eastern
Espiritu Santo is
Vanautu’s largest island and is part of the New Hebrides'
archipelago, Luganville is the provincial capital of Vanautu as well
as its second largest town, it is part of over 300 islands scattered
It has a population of
around 14,000, the climate is suppose to be characterised by
comfortably mild temperatures all year round with relatively little
to no extremes so no snow or stinking hot days.
The inhabitants of
Vanautu’s northern islands commonly refer to Luganville as “Santo”,
Espiritu Santo's rural inhabitants call Luganville “Kanal” which
is derived from the French Segond Canal.
Most of the roads
around Luganville have not been tar sealed and in fact most of the
island's roads are dirt roads or old cement paths that date back to
the Second World War when the Americans laid the cement.
Many people walk around
the town due to its small size and most of the town is suppose to be
pretty flat thus easy for walking around, I do not know since I
didn't get off the ship but Tim did and he found the walk into town
easy to do.
During the Second World
War the U.S.S. San Juan cruiser sunk two Japanese patrol boats in
October 1942 and the surviving Japanese crew became prisoner of war
under the command of Luganville juggernauts and were forced to remain
in a small jail facility which tourists can still visit.
In 1942 when the
Americans arrived in Luganville the found no real structures existed
to support the troops, so the Americans erected the BP Wharf as the
most monumental wharf of its time. This wharf is still there.
After the war large
amounts of American weaponry and gear was dumped into the sea and is
still there resting at a depth of 40 meters beneath the surface,
there are bulldozers, trucks, forklifts and containers.
Near the sunken S S
President Coolidge there is an memorial to an American Army Captain
Elwood J Euart who died while rescuing men from the sinking ship, the
memorial was constructed at the end of the war a a tribute to his