Ivan Fyodorov (navigator)

Ivan Fyodorov (Russian: Ива́н Фёдоров; died c. 1733) was a Russian navigator and commanding officer of the expedition to northern Alaska in 1732.[1]

After the First Kamchatka expedition of Vitus Bering, Russian exploration efforts were continued by Lieutenant Martin Shpanberg and navigator Fyodorov. In 1732, with participants of the First Kamchatka expedition, land-surveyor Mikhail Gvozdev and navigator K. Moshkov,[2] Fyodorov sailed to Dezhnev Cape, the easternmost point of Asia, in the vessel Sviatoi Gavriil.

From there, after having replenished the water supply on 5 August, they sailed east and soon came near the mainland at the Cape Prince of Wales. They charted the north-western coast of Alaska and mapped their route. By doing this, Fyodorov and Gvozdev completed the discovery of the Bering Strait, once started by Semyon Dezhnyov and Fedot Alekseyev and continued by Bering. Their expedition also discovered three previously unknown islands.

References

  1. ^ Igor V. Kapustin. "Иван Федоров и Михаил Гвоздев - ivki.ru/kapustin/ - Арктика Антарктика Филателия". Ivki.ru. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Map of the New Discoveries in the Eastern Ocean". World Digital Library. Retrieved 11 February 2013.


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