Kozmin Prokopy Tarasovich
Navigator, arctic explorer.
Born in St. Petersburg province in the family of the boatswain. In
1816 he graduated from the navigator school with the rank of
In the years 1816-1817 Kozmin
on the frigate "Mercury" went to France, Holland and England.
In 1817–1819 as
a navigator assistant, he traveled around the world on the sloop
Kamchatka under the command of V.M. Golovnina,
in which, among other things, distinguished himself by saving the
perished Russian merchant vessel. On
this expedition, Kozmin met and became friends with F.P. Wrangel. This
friendship had a great influence on many years of his later life.
In 1820–1824 He
participated in the expedition of Wrangel along the northern shores
of Siberia. Of
the works he produced, descriptions of the coast of Siberia between
themouths of Kolyma
and Indigirka, as well as the Bear Islands, were
After returning from this expedition in 1825–1827. under
the command of the same Wrangel Kozmin, with the rank of second
lieutenant, took part in the round-the-world voyage on the Meek
In 1829 he entered the service of the Russian-American company,
on whose instructions he described the south-western coast of the
Sea of Okhotsk, the Yakutsk-Ust-Uda road and the Shantar islands,
opening two unknown islands named after the directors of the
Russian-American company Prokofiev and Kuskov.
In 1832, Kozmin participated in the chronometric expedition of
Lieutenant General F.F. Schubert and
gave her a description. From
1837 until his death, he was in charge of the instrumentation room
of the hydrographic department. In
1846 he was made a lieutenant colonel of the FSC.
He was awarded the Order of St.
Anne 2 degrees and St.
Stanislav 3 degrees.
He died in St. Petersburg and was buried in the
Smolensk Orthodox cemetery.The
grave is not preserved.
of the Chaun Bay. Named
by F.P. Wrangell