Goodnews Bay

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Quick Facts

  • Location: 59 ° 4' 54" N, 161 ° 42' 50" W
  • Region: Bethel (CA)
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Extends from the mouth of Goodnews River SW to Kuskokwim Bay at North and South Spits, 30 mi NE of Cape Newenham, Kilbuck-Kuskokwim Mountains. 10 miles long.

In 1868, the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (USC&GS) derived "Goodnews Bay" from translation of the Russian name "Port Dobrykh Vestey (ili Zaliv Imakhpiguak)" meaning "Port Goodnews" (Sarichev, 1826, map 3). The second name is Eskimo. Captain Lutke (1836, p255), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), called it in French "Bonnes Nouvelles Baie" or "Good News Bay" and said that, "it might better be called the 'Bay of false reports.'" According to Baker (1906, p 281), "It was visited and probably named 'Good News' by the land expediton of Vstiugof and Korsadof of 1818-19."



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