Named "Puerto del Desengano", Spanish for "bay of disenchantment", by Alessandro Malaspina in 1792, upon finding that the bay was not the entrance to the legendary Northwest Passage. He sailed up the bay as far as Haenke Island, before discovering the passage blocked by ice.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Disenchantment Bay
- Lane, F.W. The Elements Rage (David & Charles 1966), p.176n.
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