Ieske Nikolai Martynovich
In January 2012, I received another valuable information about Ieske from Yuri Borisovich Lyakhov, the son of magnetologist Boris Mikhailovich Lyakhov (1912–1994), who wintered in 1937 in Bukht e Tikhoy and who witnessed the last days of Jesque. Yuri Borisovich kindly provided me with fragments from his father's diary, the publication of which he is preparing for his 100th anniversary:
“ Nikolai Martynovich Ieske came to us when the last steamer“ Vladimir Rusanov ”, returning from the island of Rudolph, delivered us all the aviation workers. He was much older than all of us - he was under 50 years old ... ..
Nikolai Martynovich brought with him an old colitis. He told me that he had eaten some good tasting pork jelly recently, and this allegedly caused additional irritation of the intestines. One way or another, but his illness really began to escalate. He was fading right before our eyes. No tricks of our doctor could not do anything. Elisha (station doctor Elisha Filippovich Kovalev. Avetisov's note) even sought advice from the mainland. January 15, 1937, in the midst of the polar night, he died. Most likely he had cancer.
Here you can remember that a small group of polar explorers headed by Elena Ilinichna, in order of surprise to the team, made a Christmas tree from a usual billiard cue, iron wire and green paper. This Christmas tree was decorated for the New Year. During the New Year's meeting, the Christmas tree with lighted candles was carried to the lying Nikolai Martynovich. Carried it, though neatly, but at the door, a gust of air from the candles caught fire on the paper from which the similarity of the needles were made, and the “fir-tree” burned before the patient’s eyes. Nikolai Martynovich was very upset and said: “Well, that's how I will burn.”
Nikolai Martynovich Ieske was buried according to his testament at Cape Sedov, west of the station.
To bury on ZFI is not such a simple procedure. The first difficulty - the manufacture of the coffin. None of us had ever made any coffins and, of course, we did not have a sample. With a sin in half, after many attempts the coffin was made by the attendant Ananias Stepanovich Melentyev. The second difficulty is digging the grave. The whole archipelago of Franz Josef Land is a basalt rock. Neither pickaxe nor scrap basalt takes. We tried to tear it with ammonal, but we didn’t have this experience either.It ended in that the grave was deepened no more than half a meter. The coffin was placed in an iron box in case the relatives wished to take the body to the mainland and bury it there so that no predator, bear or fox, could reach the corpse.On the day of the funeral, the coffin was placed in the mess-room, the station personnel stood in the guard of honor, and then they performed the sad funeral procedure.
On the polar day, an obelisk with a propeller was erected at
the tomb of Nikolai Martynovich Ieske. Hard
it all! "
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