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Beveridge Reef

Beveridge Reef is a submerged atoll located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Niue, approximately 130 miles from Niue and 600 miles from the Cook Islands. The reef is normally submerged, with a small part is visible at low tide. It has been the cause of several fishing boats running aground.

The wreck of the Nicky Lou of Seattle, a fiberglass hulled fishing vessel that ran aground on the reef, can be seen on the reef.

Elsdon Best reported that "according to native tradition at Rarotonga, the Beveridge Reef was once a fine isle, with many coconut-palms growing thereon, but that it was swept bare by a fierce hurricane, which carried away both trees and soil, leaving nothing but the bare rock."

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