Maly Shantar Island

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Maly Shantar
Остров Малый Шантар
Island
Map of the Shantar Islands. Maly Shantar is the small, elongated island just south of Bolshoy Shantar (on the left)
Map of the Shantar Islands. Maly Shantar is the small, elongated island just south of Bolshoy Shantar (on the left)
Maly Shantar is located in Khabarovsk Krai
Maly Shantar
Maly Shantar
Coordinates: 54°28′11″N 137°36′32″E / 54.46972°N 137.60889°E / 54.46972; 137.60889
Country Russian Federation
Federal subject Far Eastern Federal District
Krai Khabarovsk Krai
Elevation 224 m (735 ft)

Maly Shantar Island (Russian: Остров Малый Шантар Ostrov Maly Shantar) is a small, narrow island in the northwestern Sea of Okhotsk, one of the Shantar Islands.

Geography[edit]

Maly Shantar or Little Shantar Island is about 19 km (11.8 mi) long with a maximum width of 6 km (3.7 mi). It is separated from Bolshoy Shantar or Big Shantar Island to the north by the sound named Proliv Severo-Vostochny, from Belichy Island to the east by Proliv Opasny, and from the mainland to the south by Proliv Lindgol'ma. To its west lies the Shantar Sea.[1]

History[edit]

Between 1853 and 1874, American whaleships anchored off Malyy Shantar to obtain shelter from storms or send out whaleboats to hunt bowhead whales in nearby Proliv Lindgol'ma (which they called The Gut), Tugur Bay, or Ulban Bay.[2] Their main anchorage was Long's Harbor (Abrek Bay) to the southeast of the island.[3] They also went ashore to obtain wood.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ostrov Malyy Shantar: Russia
  2. ^ Fortune, of New Bedford, July 26–27, 1853, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Covington, of Warren, Oct. 3, 1854, NWC; Pacific, of Fairhaven, Sep. 30, 1856, NWC; Frances Henrietta, of New Bedford, July 10–13, 1857, NWC; Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, July 9–10, 1859, NWC; Cicero, of New Bedford, July 30, 1862, Kendall Whaling Museum (KWM); Josephine, of New Bedford, Aug. 5, 12, 1865, KWM; Arnolda, of New Bedford, Sep. 11-14, 1874, Old Dartmouth Historical Society (ODHS).
  3. ^ Sea Breeze, of New Bedford, Sep. 12-15, 1874, George Blunt White Library.
  4. ^ Sea Breeze, of New Bedford, Sep. 4-6, 1866, ODHS.