Nagaev Bay

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Nagaev Bay
Бухта Нагаева
Magadan 1978.jpg
Map showing Bukhta Nagayeva
Nagaev Bay is located in Russia
Nagaev Bay
Nagaev Bay
Location in Russia
Location Arctic
Coordinates 59°32′N 150°41′E / 59.54°N 150.68°E / 59.54; 150.68Coordinates: 59°32′N 150°41′E / 59.54°N 150.68°E / 59.54; 150.68
Ocean/sea sources Sea of Okhotsk
Basin countries Russia
Max. length 14.5 km (9.0 mi)
Max. width 6.4 km (4.0 mi)

Nagaev Bay or Nagayev Bay (Russian: Бухта Нагаева, Нагаевская бухта), also known as Nagayeva Bay, is a bay within Taui Bay in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, Magadan Oblast, Russia.


It is 6.4 km (4 mi) wide at its entrance and 14.5 km (9 mi) long.[1] The city of Magadan with its port (formerly Nagaevo port) is located at the head of the bay. Ice occurs in the bay from the end of November to the middle of June.[2] It was named after Russian hydrographer, admiral Alexey Nagaev.[3] It has been described as the best mooring place in the Sea of Okhotsk.[3]

View of Nagaev Bay


Between 1852 and 1869, American whaleships anchored in Nagayeva Bay to obtain wood and water and boil oil.[4][5] They called it Jeannette Harbor, after the ship Jeannette (340 tons), of New Bedford,[6] which frequented Taui Bay in the early 1850s.

During the Gulag era the bay was used as a transit point for Gulag inmates coming by sea and further directed to camps of Magadan and Kolyma to man the Dalstroy works. Since 1937 the headquarters of Sevvostlag were situated by Nagaev Bay.

Cultural references[edit]

Varlam Shalamov mentioned the bay as part of the Gulag industry in his memoirs About Kolyma

Nagaev Bay is part of the refrain of Vladimir Vysotsky's song I Went to Magadan (Я уехал в Магадан)


  1. ^ United States. (1918). Asiatic Pilot, Volume 1: East coast of Siberia, Sakhalin Island and Chosen. Washington: Hydrographic Office.
  2. ^ Prostar Sailing Directions 2004 East Coast of Russia Enroute. ProStar Publications. 1 January 2004. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-57785-560-6. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Great Soviet Encyclopedia. Entry on Nagayeva Bay (Russian)
  4. ^ Florida, of New Bedford, Aug. 25-28, 1852, Old Dartmouth Historical Society; Daniel Wood, of New Bedford, Sep. 9-10, 1853, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Cincinnati, of Stonington, June 7, 1859, NWC.
  5. ^ Janus, of New Bedford, Sep. 14, 1869. In The Friend, Honolulu, December 1, 1869, Vol. 26, No. 12, p. 104.
  6. ^ Starbuck, Alexander (1878). History of the American Whale Fishery from Its Earliest Inception to the year 1876. Castle. ISBN 1-55521-537-8.