Taui Bay

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Taui Bay
Тауйская губа
Taui Bay is located in Magadan Oblast
Taui Bay
Taui Bay
Coordinates: 59°18′N 150°24′E / 59.300°N 150.400°E / 59.300; 150.400
Country Russian Federation
Federal subject Far Eastern Federal District
Oblast Magadan Oblast

Taui Bay (Russian: Тауйская губа; Tauyskaya Guba) is a body of water in the Sea of Okhotsk off the coast of the Magadan Oblast in Russia. The bay opens to the south.


It is some 130 km (80 mi) wide and 75 km (46 mi) deep, and is enclosed by the Koni Peninsula with Odyan Bay and Zavyalov Island on its eastern side and by Spafaryev Island on its southwestern end.

The enclosed area is ca. 10 000 km², and the average depth 50–60 m (165-196 ft). The Arman, Ola, Yana and Taui rivers drain into the bay. The city of Magadan is situated the centrally at the end of the bay, on the shore of the smaller Nagayeva Bay.


Taui Bay was frequented by American whaleships between 1849 and 1874. They primarily caught bowhead whales, but also caught gray whales on occasion.[1][2] The bark Isabella, of New Bedford, reported as many as thirty ships in the bay, all whaling.[3] These ships usually sought shelter to obtain wood and water, flense whales, or boil oil in Fabius Harbor, between the mainland and Fabius Island (Ostrov Nedorazumeniya),[4] or Jeannette Harbor (Nagayeva Bay), under Jeannette Point (Mys Chirikova).[5] Some traded calico for fresh salmon from the natives.[6]


  1. ^ Good Return, of New Bedford, July 28-Aug. 3, 1849, Old Dartmouth Historical Society (ODHS); Florida, of New Bedford, June 15-Sep. 27, 1852, ODHS; Isabella, of New Bedford, June 20-Aug. 23, 1853, May 31-June 2, Aug. 28-Oct. 1, 1854, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Betsey Williams, of Stonington, July 1-Sep. 20, 1853, Kendall Whaling Museum (KWM); Daniel Wood, of New Bedford, Aug. 17-Oct. 8, 1853, Aug. 17-Oct. 9, 1854, June 20-Oct. 6, 1855, NWC; Pacific, of Fairhaven, June 23-Sept. 12, 1855, NWC; Onward, of New Bedford, June 7–22, 1856, NWC; Cincinnati, of Stonington, May 27-June 18, 1858, May 24-June 7, 1859, NWC; Cicero, of New Bedford, June 17–18, 1863, KWM; Sea Breeze, of New Bedford, Oct. 5-7, 1866, Sep. 20-26, 1868, ODHS; Northern Light, of New Bedford, Aug. 21-23, 1874, ODHS.
  2. ^ Williams, Harold (1964). One whaling family. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 
  3. ^ Isabella, Aug. 20, 1853, NWC.
  4. ^ Daniel Wood, Sep. 5, 1853, Aug. 19, 1854, NWC; Pacific, Aug. 13, 1855, NWC; Onward, June 9, 1856, NWC.
  5. ^ Betsey Williams, Aug. 4, 1853, KWM; Daniel Wood, Sep. 9–10, 1853, NWC; Cincinnati, June 7, 1859, NWC.
  6. ^ Betsey Williams, July 9, 14, Aug. 23, 1853, KWM.