Mikheev Grigoriy Sergeevich 

Arctic hydrograph, honorary polar explorer. 
Born in the village of Shulgino, Tumsky District, Ryazan Province, in a peasant family. In 1915  his father died on the fronts of the First World War, and their poor economy fell on his mother’s shoulders. 
After graduating from the seven-year plan in 1930, Mikheev began his career. He worked as a clerk in the Tumsky District Executive Committee, a statistician at the
machine and tractor station, in 1932 he was enrolled in the Leningrad Railway Technical School, where he studied for two years, and then completed a one-year course of hydrograph technicians at the Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route, thus choosing his own life path. After working for several months as a laboratory assistant at the Hydrographic Institute, in the fall of 1935, Mikheyev became his student and in June 1940 received a diploma as an engineer-hydrograph. 
Mikheev met the Arctic in his student days. He passed his undergraduate practice on an expedition on the "Malygin" under the guidance of I.A. Kireev, one of his comrades was B.I. Leikin is also a student at the Hydrographic Institute. The expedition explored the northeastern part of the Kara Sea, which in the 1930s became the scene of numerous geographical discoveries. 
After graduating from the institute, Mikheev was sent to
the Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route, and for five years he worked in the Dikson wintering expedition as senior hydrograph, head of the party and expedition. During the war years, the southern part of the Kara Sea between Dixon and the Vilkitsky Strait was figuratively called the "Taimyr Front". In this area fascist submarines constantly appeared, sinking several ships, the “pocket” battleship "Admiral Scheer" penetrated here. Mikheev and his comrades were among the fighters of this front who, at the risk of their lives, created a detailed map of the area, providing the transportation necessary for the front.


Hydrographic vessel "Grigory Mikheev"

Practically all subsequent post-war years were associated with Mikheev with Arctic hydrography. In 1945-1948 he headed the production department of management, combining this position with the duties of deputy head of the Tiksi hydro base, held the position of deputy head of the department, and in 1953-1962 he again commanded the Dikson hydro base. The last place of his direct work in the Arctic was the Tiksi hydrobase, the head of which Mikheev was during 1962-1964. After that, he moved permanently to Leningrad, worked at the Hydrographic Enterprise of the Ministry of the Navy, as Head of the Hydrographic Research Department and Senior Engineer of the Production and Technical Inspection. 
Mikheev's merits were awarded the Order “Badge of Honor”, medals “For the Defense of the Soviet Arctic”, “For Victory over Germany during the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945 ".,"For Valiant Labor". 
Strait in the Kara Sea in the archipelago of Geiberga between the islands of West, North and Middle.

Currently, the "Grigory Mikheev" scientific vessel is operating as part of the Arkhangelsk hydrobase of the Ministry of the Navy Hydrographic Enterprise.


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