Lavrov Alexey Modestovich
After the expedition was completed, during the First World War, he served in the Baltic Fleet as a senior assistant on the destroyer Ussuriets, in 1917-1918. commanded the destroyer Molodetsky and, as part of the squadron, made the famous Ice Campaign from Helsingfors to Kronstadt on it. Taking the side of the Soviet government, Lavrov in 1918 - 1922 he. served in the Minsk division of the Baltic Sea as the head of the division and commander of a destroyer.
Until the mid-1930s, Lavrov took an active part in the Arctic
1926, he was the head of ice reconnaissance on the icebreaker "G. Sedov" in the Karsky expedition; in
1928, an assistant chief of the expedition participated in the
navigation of the icebreaking ship “Malygin” to rescue the crew of
the airship “Italia”; in
1932, he led hydrographic surveys in the northeastern part of the
Kara Sea on the hydrographic vessel "Taimyr", completing an
exceptional research work on hydrographic and hydrological studies
of little known areas in the Severnaya Zemlya and the western coast
of Taimyr; In
1935 he worked in the western sector of the Arctic on the icebreaker
his arctic campaigns, Lavrov was awarded the Order of
the Red Banner of Labor and
In the process of evacuation, almost all equipment, most of the teachers and cadets died. The building of the Omsk River School was assigned to the Hydrographic Institute, where Lavrov and his colleagues had to start almost from scratch. Thanks to the organizational skills of Lavrov, in the shortest possible time it was possible to establish uninterrupted cartographic production.
Intensive, overworked work had a detrimental effect on Lavrov’s health. Sudden death from hemorrhage in the brain interrupted his vigorous activity.
Lavrov was buried in the Cossack cemetery, which was later demolished. In the description of the graves of the demolished cemetery, made before the demolition of the Omsk scholar of local history A.F. Palashenkov indicated that there was a white marble monument in an iron fence on the grave.
In 1960, Lavrov was transferred to the Old-Northern Cemetery, where for many years the grave was in complete oblivion. Only in the mid-1980s. she was found by Omsk local historian, retired major F.K. Nad (1929-1995). Here is how he describes this event in his letter published in No. 5 of the Military History Journal for 1988:“Several years ago, in the territory of the Northern Military Cemetery of the city of Omsk, our family discovered an abandoned grave. From under the fallen leaves and dry branches only the edge of the gravestone was peeping. When they cleared the mound, they found a stone with the inscription “Engineer-Rear Admiral Lavrov Alexey Modestovich. 1887-1942. It became painful for such an attitude towards a military sailor .... Such a person, and what a disrespectful attitude to his memory”.
The Nadia family began caring for the grave, then they turned for help to the Omsk River College. They treated the case with understanding and took patronage over the grave. In 1987, a monument of granite in the form of a stele mounted on the foundation was erected on the grave. On the face of the stele, a photo is placed and the text is stamped: “Lavrov Alexey Modestovich. 17. II.1887-29.VI.1942". Below is an image of the anchor. At the foot of the stele there is a granite flower garden on which a marble slab with the text is installed: “Engineer Rear Admiral Lavrov Alexey Modestovich. 17.II. 1887- 29.VI. 1942". The grave is fenced with metal posts with chains stretched between them.
Gafner fjord on the north-west coast of Taimyr. Described
and mapped without a name by a hydrographic expedition of the Arctic
Ocean in 1915. Named
by Soviet hydrographs in 1937.
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