DAY 17 As we are eating breakfast, we begin to see Christmas Island out our table-side window. Kirimati or Christmas Island is the largest coral atoll in the world with more than 100 lakes or ponds dotting the interior and supporting a huge number of birds. A large bay on the east coast is known as the Bay of Wrecks because so many ships have foundered there. Extensive coconut plantations support a copra industry and fish farms have been established in some of the lakes. Captain James Cook discovered and named it on December 24, 1777. We sail by a small village that seems to be port, but other than that we see little signs of habitation.