Antsev Dmitry Reingoldovich
Russian military hydrograph, member of the
hydrographic expedition Arctic Ocean.
The information presented here about Antsev has appeared in
recent years, thanks to a search conducted by Rostislav Igorevich
Malkovsky, husband of a great-granddaughter Irina Vladimirovna
He was born in the family of a naval officer who served 50 years
in the Navy Department and retired with the rank of Captain 1st
Service Antsev began in 1908 in the Black Sea naval crew, in 1910
became a midshipman, and in the same year for the differences he was
awarded the title of midshipman.
Then, thanks to his knowledge of English, he was a member of the
foreign department of the Marine General Staff.
In 1914 he was assigned to the body of Hydrographers and in the
rank of lieutenant he was appointed assistant to the chief of
hydrography of the Siberian Arctic Ocean, which included the
Northern Sea Route from east to west with wintering off the coast of
For participation in this expedition on November 12, 1915, Antsev
was awarded the Order of
St. Anna of
the 3rd degree.
This was followed by classes at the Marine General Staff and
secondment to his unit.
In early 1917 in the rank of Senior Lieutenant Antsev, he was
appointed senior officer for the Gnevny destroyer.
In March 1918 an order for the Maritime General Staff was
dismissed from service due to a reduction in staff, and in August of
the same year he was assigned to the icebreaker "Ivan Susanin" as the
head of the Hydrometeorological Unit on the Arctic Ocean
A detachment of expedition ships to Siberia, equipped with a
decree of the Provisional Government of the Northern Region
consisting of 16 floating units (including icebreakers, steamboats
and lighters) and under the command of Captain 2nd Rank Messer, left
Aug. 15 from Arkhangelsk to Nakhodka Bay in the Gulf of Ob with
valuable combat cargo for Siberian Army.
On September 28 the entire expedition detachment returned to
Arkhangelsk, delivering food supplies harvested by the Siberian
government for the Northern Region (173,000 pounds of grain, 3360
pounds of butter, 130 pounds of cheese and 35,000 pairs of valenki).
Along the way, assistance was provided to the Ust-Yeniseisk
Hydrographic Expedition of Senior Lieutenant
Neupokoev, when traveling from Arkhangelsk to the destination,
supplied the Kara Sea radio stations, made additional hydrographic
surveys along the way and assisted an English steamer stranded in
the Yugorsky Shar strait.
The order of the Head of the Provisional Government of the
Northern Region, Lieutenant General Miller, noted that the long
overdue in Russia need to establish the Northern Sea Trade Route to
Siberia was accomplished thanks to the persistent and fruitful work
of the Captain of the 1st Arctic Ocean Hydrographic Expedition
Vilkitsky and Chief of the Siberian Expedition, Captain 2nd Rank
Noting the importance of this expedition, Miller announced
gratitude to its participants, including Senior Lieutenant Antsev.
The latest documentary information about Antsev is dated February
In the order of the Arctic Ocean Flotilla Commander Rear-Admiral
Vicoret, the actions of the officers of the Navy Department are
considered incompatible with the concept of military honor, dignity,
morality and nobility, and a list of officers who were part of the
Ober-Officer Court of Honor.
Dmitry Antsev is named among them.
During the capture of Arkhangelsk by the Red Army, Antsev was
captured and transferred to Petrozavodsk, then to Petrograd and,
finally, to Moscow, where he was first placed at the camp at
Kozhukhovo station, and then at Ivanovsky camp.
The last news from him from this point was Antsev’s brother,
Mikhail Reingoldovich, on June 16, 1920.
During the search brother MR
Antsev requested the Moscow Emergency Commission, the Special
Section at the All-Russian Emergency Commission, the Central Camps
Administration, the Ivanovo camp, the Pokrovsky camp, the Butyrka
prison, but nowhere did he achieve anything.
The last document concerning Antsev, which we managed to find in
the Russian State Archive of the Navy, is dated August 18, 1920.
The head of the affairs of the Staff of all naval forces of the
RSFSR requested the Special Department of the Cheka: “... please
inform us of what the military arrest you have arrested c.
Antsev D.R., for what purpose was sent to Arkhangelsk and is his
release possible in the near future.”.
Cape in the south of the island
Bolshevik of the archipelago Severnaya Zemlya.
Opened in 1914 by the hydrographic expedition