Nedorazumeniya Island

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Location of Nedorazumeniya Island west of Magadan harbor

Nedorazumeniya Island (Russian: Остров Недоразумения - Ostrov Nedorazumeniya; literally Island of misunderstanding) is an island located in the Sea of Okhotsk. It is located in Amakhton Bay (Амахтонский залив; Amakhtonskiy Zaliv) off the end of Nagaev Bay, the western harbor of Magadan, on the northern side, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) away from the city.

Nedorazumeniya Island lies 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) off the coast and is roughly triangular in shape. It is 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) long and has a maximum width of about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi).

On Nedorazumeniya's northeastern headland there is a settlement called Ribachiy.

Administratively Nedorazumeniya Island belongs to the Magadan Oblast of the Russian Federation.

Etymology[edit]

The name of the island is remarkable. "Nedorazumeniye" in Russian means "misunderstanding", "error". The island got such a strange name because it was originally not mapped by a Russian expedition in the 1910s. Then the mistake was identified and corrected.

History[edit]

Between 1853 and 1868,[1] American whaleships anchored between Nedorazumeniya Island and the mainland to obtain shelter from storms,[2] procure wood and water from the island,[3] flense whales,[4] or boil oil.[5] They called the island Fabius Island, while the anchorage was called Fabius Harbor. Both features are named after the ship Fabius (432 tons), of New Bedford,[6] which frequented Taui Bay in the early 1850s. A graveyard existed on the north side of the island.[7] Boats also spent the night on the island after cruising for bowhead whales all day.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lancaster, of New Bedford, Aug. 25, 1853, Old Dartmouth Historical Society (ODHS); Sea Breeze, of New Bedford, Sep. 20-26, 1868, ODHS.
  2. ^ Daniel Wood, of New Bedford, Aug. 13-18, 1855, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC).
  3. ^ Pacific, of Fairhaven, Aug. 13, 1855, NWC.
  4. ^ Onward, of New Bedford, June 9, 1856, NWC.
  5. ^ Benjamin Tucker, of New Bedford, Sep. 5, 1853, ODHS.
  6. ^ Starbuck, Alexander (1878). History of the American Whale Fishery from Its Earliest Inception to the year 1876. Castle. ISBN 1-55521-537-8. 
  7. ^ Lancaster, of New Bedford, Aug. 26, 1853, ODHS; Daniel Wood, of New Bedford, July 4, 1855, NWC.
  8. ^ Daniel Wood, of New Bedford, Aug. 19, 1854, NWC.

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Coordinates: 59°35′N 150°25′E / 59.583°N 150.417°E / 59.583; 150.417