Old wheel, Million Dollar Point (photo © Peter Hodge)
During World War Two, the Americans built a huge military, naval and air base at Luganville, Santo. From here, they staged offensives against Japanese naval and ground forces in the Coral Sea, Solomon Islands and further north.
At the end of the war the Americans dumped military equipment in the sea at Million Dollar Point, near Luganville. The equipment included jeeps, trucks, bulldozers, engines and trailers. The site is now a popular spot for diving and snorkelling.
I snorkelled the point in the morning. A strong wind was blowing off the Segond Channel, waves were breaking on the shore, and the underwater visibility wasn't great. But I saw the wreck of a small vessel - perhaps a patrol boat - a bulldozer, and a truck and trailer unit. The wreckage was encrusted with coral, and colourful fish swam through holes and hollows.
As it was low tide, much of the wreckage was visible above water. This photo shows an old wheel, perhaps from a bulldozer. After 70 years, the wheel has fused with the reef. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the fossilized skeletons of ancient animals that geologists study.