Taui Bay

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Taui Bay (Russian: Тауйская губа; Tauyskaya Guba) is a body of water in the Sea of Okhotsk off the coast of the Magadan Oblast in Russia. The bay opens to the south. It is some 130 km wide and 75 km long, and is enclosed by the Koni Peninsula and Zavyalov Island on its southeastern side and by Spafaryev Island on its southwestern end. The enclosed area is ca. 10 000 km², and the average depth 50-60 m. The Arman, Ola, Yana and Taui rivers drain into the bay. The city of Magadan is situated the centrally at the end of the bay, on the shore of the smaller Nagayeva Bay.

History[edit]

Between 1853 and 1863, American whaleships frequented the bay, mainly targeting bowhead whales, but also taking gray whales on occasion.[1][2] The bark Isabella, of New Bedford, reported as many as thirty ships in the bay, all whaling.[3] These ships usually sought shelter to obtain wood and water, flense whales, or boil oil in Fabius Harbor, between the mainland and Fabius Island (Ostrov Nedorazumeniya),[4] or Jeannette Harbor (probably Nagayeva Bay), under Jeannette Point (Mys Chirikova).[5] Some traded calico for fresh salmon from the natives.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Isabella, of New Bedford, June 20-August 23, 1853, May 31-June 2, August 28-October 1, 1854, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Betsey Williams, of Stonington, July 1-September 20, 1853, Kendall Whaling Museum (KWM); Daniel Wood, of New Bedford, August 17-October 8, 1853, August 17-October 9, 1854, June 20-October 6, 1855, NWC; Pacific, of Fairhaven, June 23-September 12, 1855, NWC; Onward, of New Bedford, June 7-22, 1856, NWC; Cincinnati, of Stonington, May 27-June 18, 1858, May 24-June 7, 1859, NWC; Cicero, of New Bedford, June 17-18, 1863, KWM.
  2. ^ Williams, Harold (1964). One whaling family. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 
  3. ^ Isabella, August 20, 1853, NWC.
  4. ^ Daniel Wood, September 5, 1853, August 19, 1854, NWC; Pacific, August 13, 1855, NWC; Onward, June 9, 1856, NWC.
  5. ^ Betsey Williams, August 4, 1853, KWM; Daniel Wood, September 9-10, 1853, NWC; Cincinnati, June 7, 1859, NWC.
  6. ^ Betsey Williams, July 9, 14, August 23, 1853, KWM.

Coordinates: 59°18′N 150°24′E / 59.300°N 150.400°E / 59.300; 150.400