Anjou Petr Fedorovich
Russian naval officer and polar explorer.
Anjou was born in the town of Vyshny Volochok of the Tver
province in the family of a county doctor.
His grandfather moved from France, fleeing from religious
persecution by Catholics.
Anjou's father wanted his son to follow the medical line, but the
boy could not stand the sight of blood.
A decade, Anjou was sent to St. Petersburg and placed in a
private math board at the Naval Cadet Corps.
In 1808 he entered the Naval Cadet Corps, which determined his
whole future life.
Dreams of research in the Arctic, whose map at that time was full
of white spots, appeared in Anjou and his friend
Wrangel already in the years of study, they were actively
preparing for their implementation, tempering the will and the body.
Anjou graduated from the Naval Cadet Corps second in terms of
success in the sciences after Wrangel.
In 1817, a midshipman sailed from Kronstadt to Cadiz (Spain), but
thoughts about the Arctic did not leave him even at that time.
The dream came true in 1820 when, at the rank of lieutenant, he
headed the Ust-Yansky expedition, which was investigating the
Siberian coast between the mouths of the Olenek and Indigirka
rivers, the Novosibirsk Islands, and also searching for unknown land
seen, according to
Y. Sannikov and other industrialists to the north from them.
Prior to Anjou, several expeditions worked in these areas in
The Siberian coast was described in the first half of the 18th
VSE units under the leadership of lieutenants
P. Lassinius, brothers
Their inventory was rather approximate, as it was based mainly on
the numbers produced from ships.
The Novosibirsk Islands were mainly described in the process of
sled routes at the very beginning of the 19th century.
Due to the lack of necessary equipment, tools, and often
experience and knowledge, these inventories were also not
The base of the expedition Anjou chose
Ust-Jansk, where the detachment arrived in October 1820.
Work began in March 1821.
Dog sleds by the end of March got to
Stolbovoy, made his inventory and moved to
Arriving there, they were divided into two groups, one of which
was headed by the navigator assistant
went along the southern and eastern shores, and the second headed by
Anjou himself along the western and northern ones.
From the northernmost point, island
Kotelniy Anjou embarked on a trip across the ice to the north in
search of land.
It reached 76° 36′ N, beyond which he could not move because of
the thin ice.
In clear weather, no land was found.
Faddeevsky both groups met and, after a short rest, rode across
the ice to the north again, but after traveling about 10 miles, they
were forced to return without seeing the ground.
After that, we got to
and tried to move on the ice to the northeast.
Having gone 14 miles, the land also did not see.
By the end of April, due to food shortages and extreme fatigue,
people and dogs decided to return to the base in Ust-Yansk.
In the summer on horseback they described the coast between Yana
Devoting the winter of 1821-1822
processing materials and preparing for a new campaign, in the
spring of Anjou again divided the squad.
One group was supposed to conduct an inventory of the coast west
of the mouth of the Yana to the mouth of the Olenek, and the second
headed by him again went to the islands to complete their inventory.
By mid-March, the
Islands were described, and Anjou with a part of the detachment
left for Fr.
From the northern point of the island of Anjou again moved across
the ice to the northeast, then, reaching the edge of the ice, turned
to the west, discovered a small island (Figurin), drove to
Kotelny Island, but nowhere saw new lands.
Then came back on oh.
Faddeevsky Island, crossed the
Blagoveshchensk and on New Siberia
Island explored the
hills of the
Wooden Mountains, at the base of which lay layers of semi-stone
resinous fossil trees.
Without losing hope of discovering new lands, Anjou from the
extreme eastern cape of New Siberia Island (Cape
Kamenny) undertook a long trip to the sea.
Having reached the ice edge and not seeing the land, due to the
difficult condition of the detachment, he decided to return to the
With enormous difficulties, the detachment reached the coast in
the area of the Krestova River and from there, in several
transitions to the southeast, reached the village of Pokhodsk on the
Here, Anjou unexpectedly met with Wrangel’s detachment, returning
from a survey of its section of the coast.
Together they went to Nizhnekolymsk.
By the decision of the Admiralty Board, the search for new lands
in the north was stopped.
Anjou was ordered to make an inventory about.
Belkovsky and how much it will be possible to drive from it on
the ice to the west or north-west.
Anju completed this task in the spring of 1823, describing the
small islands of Vasilyevsky and Semenovsky, which, as it turned
out, were mainly composed of continental ice.
In the first half of the 20th century, they disappeared, in their
place are now underwater banks.
The final processing of materials was carried out by Anjou in
The main result of the work was the creation of the best at that
time map of the Novosibirsk Islands and the coast of Siberia between
the mouths of Olenek and Indigirka.
The highest estimate of the accuracy of astronomical and geodetic
measurements was given by the largest Russian astronomer academician
For the first time, the state of the ice in the Laptev Sea was
studied, and throughout the expedition careful climatological,
hydrographic, meteorological and ethnographic observations were
Studies of Anjou laid the first weighty doubts about the
existence of Sannikov Earth.
Anjou traveled farther than Sannikov to the north, possessed
better telescopes than Sannikov, and yet, even in clear weather, he
did not see the land north of the Novosibirsk Islands.
Given this, the Admiralty Department decided that Sannikov "saw
the fog resembling the earth".
The expedition of Anjou began simultaneously with the expedition
of Wrangel to the northern shores of Siberia and Chukotka, had equal
tasks with it and ended with the same success.
However, the journey of Anjou remained in the shadows due to an
The description of this expedition, along with almost all the
materials, died during a fire in the house of Anjou.
It was only at the cost of great efforts that historians were
able to gather information about the study of Anjou in the Arctic on
the reports and letters available in the archives of the Naval
After finishing work in the Arctic, Anjou participated in an
expedition along the shores of the Caspian and Aral seas, commanded
the ships of the Baltic Fleet, participated in the Battle of
Navarino, was a commander of the Kronstadt port.
In 1866 he received the rank of full admiral.
The merits of Anjou are awarded orders of
Stanislaus 1 degree (1847),
St. Anna of 1
Vladimir of the 2nd degree (1863),
White Eagle (1865).
He was buried in St. Petersburg at
Smolensk Lutheran Cemetery: a granite cross on a pedestal, a
fence of anchors, gun trunks, chains.
The archipelago, which
Kotel'niy Islands, Bunge Land, Faddeevsky, New Siberia,
The name is given by Soviet researchers.
Arrow (peninsula) in the north Faddeevsky
Cape on the southwest coast
Opened and named in 1821 by the expedition of P.F.
Lake on the border of
Land Bunge and Faddeevsky