Kusova

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kusova
Кусова
Island
Map of the Shantar Islands.
Map of the Shantar Islands.
Kusova is located in Khabarovsk Krai
Kusova
Kusova
Coordinates: 54°42′45″N 138°12′55″E / 54.71250°N 138.21528°E / 54.71250; 138.21528
Country Russian Federation
Federal subject Far Eastern Federal District
Krai Khabarovsk Krai
Elevation 633 m (2,077 ft)

Kusova or Kusov Island (Russian: остров Кусова; Ostrov Kusova) is a small island in the Shantar Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk. It lies southeast of Bolshoy Shantar Island.

Geography[edit]

The island lies towards the eastern end of the group. It is 4.2 km in length, with a maximum width of 2.6 km. It is quite high, rising abruptly to a height of 633 m.

Kusova Island is separated from Bolshoy Shantar Island to the NW by a 14 km wide sound.

History[edit]

Kusova was frequented by American whaleships targeting bowhead whales between 1853 and 1867.[1] They simply called it Round Island. They would anchor off the island and send men ashore to obtain wood.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrison, of New Bedford, September 12, 1853, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Lexington, of Nantucket, July 5, 1854, G. W. Blunt White Library (GBWL); Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, June 26, 1859, NWC; Josephine, of New Bedford, July 20, 1864, Kendall Whaling Museum; Java, of New Bedford, July 4–5, 1867, NWC.
  2. ^ Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, July 10–11, 1857, June 26, 1859, NWC.