The De Long Strait (пролив Лонга; Proliv Longa) separates Wrangel Island from the Siberian mainland. It is very broad, its minimum width being 141 km, between Cape Blossom at the southwestern tip of Wrangel Island and Cape Billings, close to Gytkhelen, Chukotka.
Technically, more than a strait in the proper sense of the name, the De Long Strait is a geographic landmark separating the East Siberian Sea from the Chukchi Sea.
This strait was named after the American explorer George Washington De Long, who died nearby with nineteen crew members while attempting to reach inhabited settlements in Siberia.
In August 1983, it was the site of a disaster when 50 ships were trapped in ice, with the loss of one and damage to as many as 30 others.
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