naval officer, fleet admiral.
He began his service in the navy in 1863. In
1875–1876 on the ship “Alert” participated in the Arctic expedition
under the command of J.
Ners, for which he was awarded a commemorative medal.
In 1881 May, in the rank of Captain 3rd Rank, commanded a ship
in Chinese waters and was authorized by the Admiralty to annex
In 1891–1893 he
served as military attache in Europe, commanded a naval contingent
during anniversary celebrations in London in 1897, and in 1899
supervised the reception of the German emperor during his visit to
England, for which he was awarded the German
Order of the Red Eagle,
2 degrees. In
subsequent years, May held various command positions: he was
commander of naval artillery, adjutant of Queen Victoria and the
king, Lord of the Admiralty, inspector of the navy, commander of the
Atlantic fleet, etc.
"Alert" in pack ice
He retired in 1919 and died at his home, Bughtrig House in
Coldstream in Berwickshire. Among
his numerous awards are the Order
of the Legion of Honor and
the Russian Order
of Alexander Nevsky.
An island in
the Strait of Bruyne archipelago Franz-Josef Land. In
1880 opened and named by the expedition of B.
the east of Axel-Heiberg Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Wolfe Land, northwest of Greenland.
The bay in
the north of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.