Ptichiy Island

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Ptichiy Island (Russian: Ostrov Ptichiy) is a small island in the northwestern Sea of Okhotsk, one of the Shantar Islands. It lies between the mainland and Bolshoy Shantar Island.

History[edit]

Between 1857 and 1865, American whaleships hunted bowhead whales in the waters around Ptichiy.[1] They called it Stinker Island, "on account of the dead whales drifting along there from the ice".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frances Henrietta, of New Bedford, August 18, 1857, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, July 18, 1859, NWC; Cicero, of New Bedford, July 26, 1862, Kendall Whaling Museum (KWM); Josephine, of New Bedford, September 25, 1864, August 28, 1865, KWM.
  2. ^ WILLIAMS, H. (1964). One whaling family. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, p. 79.

Coordinates: 54°35′59″N 137°04′47″E / 54.59972°N 137.07972°E / 54.59972; 137.07972