Lavrov Mikhail Andreyanovich
hydrograph, Arctic explorer, admiral.
Born in Arkhangelsk in the family of a nobleman, in 1816 he
graduated from the Naval Cadet Corps. After
completing his studies, he sailed for four years in the Baltic Sea,
on transport “Mezen” sailed from Kronstadt to Arkhangelsk and back.
In 1821 Lavrov was invited by F.P. Litke senior
officer of the brig "Novaya Zemlya" to participate in expeditions to Novaya
all four campaigns, Lieutenant Lavrov showed himself from the best
after the end of the Novaya Zemlya expeditions, he was assigned to
the transport “Meek” to participate in a voyage around the world
under the command of his friend Litke F.P. Wrangel. In
subsequent years, Lavrov sailed on many vessels of the Baltic and
Black Sea fleets, rising to the rank of captain of the 1st rank.
In 1846, an incident occurred in his life that almost led to the
collapse of his entire career. Lavrov
refused to comply with the requirement of his chief, Rear Admiral
Karpov, who ordered the allocation of sailors to work as his
was afraid to make this case public, but then with small
unreasonable and humiliating cavils provoked Lavrov to a “bold
response”, which in the fleet was equated with open disobedience. Despite
the petition of his superiors, Lavrov was tried and demoted. Four
years he passed the official ladder from the beginning. In
1850, he was given the rank of captain of the 1st rank and was
every cloud has a silver lining. The
outbreak of the Crimean War returned Lavrov to the ranks. For
more than ten years he served as mayor of Taganrog, rising to the
rank of full admiral. For success in service, Lavrov was awarded the
Order of St. Stanislav 1 and 2 degrees,
St. Anna 1 and 2 degrees, St.
Vladimir 3 degrees.
He died and was buried in the Sergius Desert in Strelna. The
grave is not preserved.
The southern entrance cape of
Melky Bay in the south-west of the northern island of Novaya Zemlya. Named
in 1821 by F.P. Litke.