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Nagaev Bay

Nagaev Bay or Nagayev Bay, 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. 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. It was named after Russian hydrographer, admiral Alexey Nagaev. It has been described as the best mooring place in the Sea of Okhotsk.

Between 1852 and 1869, American whaleships anchored in Nagayeva Bay to obtain wood and water and boil oil. They called it Jeannette Harbor, after the ship Jeannette (340 tons), of New Bedford, 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.