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Ruins Prony New Caledonia
New Caledonia

A village once stood here in 1880, part of a prison for convicts from France. The prisoners cut the trees here to supply timber for building Noumea. This was the only building constructed with walls of cut stone. Everything else has vanished except for the cleared ground where the other buildings once stood. Freddy found a coin here, with the profile of Napoleon III Emperor, dated 1864. If you search for it you'll see it in this photo. The site overlooks the Carenage anchorae in Baie du Prony.

For more information on anchorages and treks in New Caledonia, see the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia.

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Tags: ruins; french antique architecture; anchorages; baie du prony; new caledonia
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New Caledonia is the closest South Pacific Island to Australia and New Zealand. It is a French Territory and although the official language is French the culture is a blend of Melanesian, European, Polynesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, and more. There is one large mountainous island called Grande Terre and 6 smaller islands - the three Loyalty Islands, Belep and the Isle of Pines.The islands are remarkably unpopulated and there are vast areas of wilderness. There are hundreds of kilometers of walking treks, camp grounds, more than 42 parks and reserves, and crystal clear rivers with sparkling waterfalls. Almost one third of the population is located in the capital city of Noumea. Nickel mining is the primary industry and is the major contributor to the high standard of living in the country. Grande Terre is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and the protected lagoon created by this barrier reef is the largest in the world. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, the lagoon is 24,000 square kilometers and supports a diverse and luxuriant fauna of fish and invertebrates.The vibrant, clear and rich colors are one of the first things that visitors notice when they arrive. Noumea has a complete range of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and activities to welcome visitors.