Karchevsky Bronislav Kaetanovich
captain of hydrographic vessels.
Born in St. Petersburg in a working class family. In
1918 he graduated from high school, entered the shipbuilding
department of the Petrograd Polytechnic Institute. The
father died, and the son was forced to combine his studies with the
work of a technician in ship repair at the Baltic Sea Shipping
In 1919, Karchevsky was seconded to Moscow for courses by radio
specialists at the Moscow Higher Technical School, after which he
volunteered to join the navy, served first in the Volga-Caspian
military flotilla, then in the Caspian fleet, and on the destroyer
“Worthy” participated in military operations.
After demobilization in 1921, Karchevsky worked as a radio
technician at the Baltic Sea Maritime Administration, at the Baltic
Shipping Company, as head of radio communications, and after
receiving a diploma as a navigator in 1927 as an assistant captain
in foreign voyages. In
1929, he was trained in Naval Hydrography with Professor
Kudryavtsev, becoming a specialist in the latest electronic
navigation equipment, worked as an inspector of marine technical
supervision at the Leningrad commercial port, then as an occupant at
the Register of the USSR.
The repressions of the 1930s did not bypass Karchevsky. In
1933 he was convicted by the organs of the OGPU for 6 years under
articles 17 and 58b. In
1936, the case was reviewed and discontinued, but three years in the
camps remained with him.
After liberation, Karchevsky linked his fate with the Arctic,
becoming an employee of the GU GUSMP. Until
1940, he worked as an assistant captain and captain on hydrographic
vessels along the Northern Sea Route, and participated in wintering
heart disease caused him to withdraw from the crew. In
the war and post-war years, Karchevsky worked as the head of the
fleet department of the Arkhangelsk base, deputy head and head of
the base, captain-deviator, captain-tutor. In
1956, the disease forced him to retire.
Merits Karchevsky awarded medals "For
the Defense of the Soviet Arctic", "For
valiant work in the Great Patriotic War", "For
the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.".
He died in Arkhangelsk and was buried in the Solombala cemetery.
the islands of Salisbury and Elizabeth in the archipelago of Franz
Josef Land. The
name was given by polar hydrographs and approved by the Arkhangelsk
Regional Executive Committee in 1963 (Decision No. 651).