Karchevsky Bronislav Kaetanovich 

Arctic 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 Authority. 
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 grounds. Early 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. 

Strait between 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).


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