Yakutat Bay

Map of Yakutat Bay

The Yakutat Bay is a 29 km wide bay in the U.S. state of Alaska, bounded on the north-east of the Disenchantment Bay, in the southwest by the Gulf of Alaska.

Yakutat Tlingit is, Yaakwdáat, and means " The place where the canoes rest " as Yuri Lisianski in 1805 reported. Maybe it is originally an Eyak word whose meaning has been lost.

Jean -François de La Pérouse visited the bay in 1786 and named it " Baie de Monti " after one of his officers. In the same year Captain Nathaniel Portlock christened the place " Admiralty Bay". The Spaniards called him " Almirantazgo ". It has also been called " Bering Bay ", on the assumption Vitus Bering had visited him in 1741.

The Yakutat Bay was rocked on 10 September 1899 by an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter scale.