Officer of the Russian fleet, member of the 2nd
By nationality Swede. Born
in Stockholm in the family of the owner of the tavern. From
the age of 15 he served in the English fleet, and in 1724 entered
the Russian service as a volunteer, in 1726–1733 sailed
navigator on the ships of the Baltic Fleet.
In 1733, Waxel was promoted to lieutenant and
enlisted in the 2nd Kamchatka Expedition, where, under the
leadership of A.I. Chirikov
was engaged in the delivery of food in Okhotsk. In
1741, on the packet of “St. Peter" under the command of V. Bering made a voyage to the northwestern
shores of America. In
August 1742, after the death of Bering, Vaksel took command and,
with the surviving members of the expedition, sailed from Bering
Island and reached the shores of Kamchatka. Waxel
reports, his book and the swimming map “St. Peter"
became valuable sources for the study of this expedition. The
journal, which he led in the expedition, was kept in the Tsarskoye
Selo palace library.
In 1749, Vaksel returned to St. Petersburg and was promoted to
captain 2 rank. His
subsequent service took place in the Baltic Fleet. In
1755 he was awarded the rank of captain of the 1st rank.
In 1760–1761, commanding the ship “St. Dimitry
Rostovsky", in the squadron of Vice-Admiral A.I. Polyansky
Vaksel participated in the fighting near Kohlberg.
The last two years of life was sick a lot. He
died in St. Petersburg.
the Gulf of Faddey on the northeast coast of Taimyr. Named
in 1919 by R.