Semichi Islands

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Shemya Islands., 20 miles east-southeast of Attu Islands; Aleutian Islands.

Probably discovered on October 29, 1741 (Old Style (O.S.) calendar), by Captain Commander Vitus Bering, Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), who applied the name "St. Abraham" to one of them. See Shemya Island. According to Baker (1906, p. 561), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), who cites W. H. Dall, the name "Semichi" was applied to these islands by the early Russians, the name being derived from the Russian "Semik," which is "the feast on the seventh Thursday after Easter, on which day they were discovered." Reverend Coxe (1787, p. 50) called them "Shemya."



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