Cathedral Rocks, Makushin Bay

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Cathedral Rocks, Makushin Bay

by | Aug 18, 2018

Makushin Bay is a large embayment located about 20 miles (32 km) west of Dutch Harbor, on the west coast of Unalaska Island in the eastern Aleutians. In 1792, Lieutenant Sarichev of the Imperial Russian Navy, published the name as Guba Makushinskaya, meaning Makushin Bay. The name may have been taken from the Russian word Makushka, meaning the crown or top, possibly referring to Makushin Volcano.

The Makushin Volcano is an ice-covered stratovolcano that has erupted at least two dozen times over the past several thousand years, with the last eruption occurring in 1995. Makushin is also the name of an abandoned native village on the northern shore of Makushin Bay that was evacuated during World War II and afterward abandoned.

On December 8, 2004, the Malaysian-flagged freighter Selendang Ayu, carrying 66,000 tons of soybeans and more than 500,000 gallons of fuel grounded and split in two off Makushin Bay. More than 300,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil leaked, much of it washing ashore on beaches of Makushin Bay and Skan Bay. Read more here and here. Explore more of Cathedral Rocks and Makushin Bay here:

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