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Devil's Island

Devil's Island

Characteristics

Description

Île du Diable part of Salut islands is better known as Devil's Island. The total area is 0.62 km2 (62 hectares) The islands were used as a penal colony from 1852 onwards, earning them a reputation for harshness and brutality. This system was gradually phased out and has been completely shut down since 1953. Nowadays the islands are a popular tourist destination. The islands were featured in the novel by Henri Charriere, 'Papillon'. He was imprisoned here for 9 years.

Devil’s Island is the most isolated and inaccessible of the three islands. Visitors are not allowed on Devil’s Island.  It now hosts a radar station for space launches.
20/01/2016
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Devil's Island
Devil's Island
2007-02-10
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Localisation

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Îles du Salut (French Guiana)

0.3nm
218°
Îles du Salut, 3 in number, are  located about 7 NM NE of Pointe Charlote.Ile du Diable, the northernmost, is 40m high. Ile Royale, 66m high, is the largest and westernmost, while Ile Saint-Joseph, only 30m high, is the southernmost.

On a clear day, the islands are visible ...
20 Jan 16

Île Saint-Joseph (French Guiana)

0.5nm
189°
Anchorage can be taken in the bight formed by the S side of Ile Royale and the W side of Ile Saint-Joseph.
20 Jan 16

Ile Royal (French Guiana)

0.5nm
213°
Anchorage can be taken in the bight formed by the S side of Ile Royale in depths of about 9m soft mud, good shelter from the swell, and good holding .ground.

Caution: Alouette Bank, covered with 4.8m of water, lies about 1.7 miles NNW of Ile Royale. Depths of 3.5 to 5.5m lie ...
20 Jan 16

Port of Saint laurent du Maroni (French Guiana)

87nm
278°
Port NW French Guiana, on the east bank of the Maroni River opposite Albina, Suriname. It was formerly headquarters of the country’s penal colonies and the site of the largest prison, closed in 1944. Apart from its port facilities, local economic activities include sawmilling, ...
21 Jan 16

Pointe Française ou Pointe des Hattes (French Guiana)

84nm
288°
Pointe des Hattes marks the N limit of the French Guiana and the separation with Suriname country.
20 Jan 16

Cabo Orange (N Brazil)

81nm
130°
Cabo Orange (cape Orange) is a cape on the N coast of Brazil, separated from the coast of French Guiana by a large bay watered by the estuary of the Oyapock River Cape Orange is the northernmost point of the Brazilian state of Amapá. It is located in an area of tidal marshland protected ...
10 Jan 16

Marina Waterland Resort

149nm
278°
Marina opened in 2012 on the Surinam river offering 12 berths.
2 Jun 19

New Amsterdam (Guyana)

300nm
281°
Ferry port .
8 May 11

Cabo Norte (Amapa Brazil)

268nm
143°
Cabo Norte is the limit  of the estuary of the Amazon river. It is 19 NM from Ilha Jipioca.
The cape is low, wooded, and slightly higher than the neighboring coast.
11 Jan 16

Santarem harbor (Para Brazil)

480nm
195°
Santarem harbor stands on the S side of the mouth of the Rio Tapajos, 1 NM S of Ponta Negra.

An L-shaped wharf lies 1.25 miles SW of Ponta Negra. Its outer face is 200m long, with a depth of about 10m alongside.
Small craft can berth on the 180m long inner section, which ...
11 Jan 16

Port of Cameta (Para Brazil)

488nm
157°
Stands on the W bank of the rio Tocantins, about 90 NM from Belem. The town is built on the river bank and is an important trade center. The tidal range is about 3m; the current attains a rate of about 2.5 knots.
11 Jan 16

Port of Vila Do Conde (Para Brazil)

469nm
150°
Vila do Conde has a causeway extending 450m from the shore leading to a jetty which serves an aluminum factory. The outer berth is 292m long and is used for handling bulk cargo. The inner berth is 251m long and is used for handling general cargo and aluminum ingots. The depths alongside ...
11 Jan 16
Local Area

Îles du Salut (French Guiana)

Îles du Salut, 3 in number, are  located about 7 NM NE of Pointe Charlote.Ile du Diable, the northernmost, is 40m high. Ile Royale, 66m high, is the largest and westernmost, while Ile Saint-Joseph, only 30m high, is the southernmost.

On a clear day, the islands are visible ...
20 Jan 16

Guyane - French Guiana

The coast of French Guiana between the Maroni River, the W boundary, and Fleuve Oyapock, the E boundary, is generally low and is seen as a dark line of mangroves. A number of hills rise in the background and can be seen for some distance offshore. The coast of French Guiana extends ...
21 Jan 16

NW Atlantic Ocean

Entre le Groenland et la mer du Nord, l'Atlantique est séparé de l'Océan Arctique par le seuil de Wyville-, zone relativement peu profonde (entre 300 et 1250 m) et de laquelle émerge l'Islande.
Au Nord, c'est-à-dire déjà dans l'océan Arctique, on trouve le bassin de Norvège, ...
19 Mar 15
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