Mordovin Konstantin Pavlovich
hydrograph, Major General Hydrograph Corps, Arctic explorer.
Born in St. Petersburg in the family of a naval officer. In
1883 he entered the Maritime School, which he graduated in 1889 with
the first graduation.For his academic achievements, his name was put
on a marble board and given a prize of 300 rubles.
Mordovin began his service in the Far East, and after returning
to St. Petersburg he took an academic course in hydrographic
sciences, which determined his further, unfortunately, short life.
The consolidation of theoretical knowledge was his participation
in the hydrographic expedition of the Arctic Ocean of 1894–1895
under the command of A.I. Vilkitsky. In
this difficult and interesting journey, Mordovin helped the chief to
conduct astronomical and geodesic observations and process the
materials obtained. For
his studies, he was awarded the Order of St.
Anna, 3 degrees. After
this expedition, he finally connected himself with hydrography,
using every opportunity to improve his professional level, including
work in the editorial staff of the Maritime Collection and teaching
in the Naval Cadet Corps.
Mordovin actively worked in the Imperial Russian Geographical
Society, where until his death he was secretary of the Cartographic
the XI International Shipping Congress, held in St. Petersburg in
1908, he gave a report on the hydrographic survey of the seas, in
which the state of the problem was comprehensively and deeply
report later served as the basis for the preparation of the program
and the questions posed by the Head of Hydrographic Administration
for discussion at the first Maritime International Conference on the
Safety of Navigation, held in St. Petersburg in spring 1912.
Mordovin's pen owns many works on hydrography,
including the course "Sea inventory", which exceeded many foreign
works of this kind.
Vasilievskiy Island 14 line, house 46. Here
Mordovin lived in
In 1913 in the “Notes on Hydrography”, Mordovin wrote an
insightful article dedicated to the memory of A.I. Vilkitsky. In
less than two years, he himself passed away in the prime of his
creative power. In
the obituary of Yu.M. Shokalsky wrote:
“... Much has been done by him, but even more could have been done
if insufficiently good health did not distract him so often from his
work, especially in recent years, that is, when he could do a lot
while being completely the strength of their abilities .... The
circle of people who knew Konstantin Pavlovich is not particularly
numerous, but everyone knew him this way and - the best and the only
thing left after people - the memory of his beautiful moral
character, will remain among us who worked with the deceased”.
He died in Petrograd, buried in the Smolensk
Orthodox cemetery. The
grave was found thanks to Vyacheslav Savitsky, the head of the
search group of the "Beloye Delo" research center.
the Strait of Kara. The
name is given by A.I. Varnek and
approved by the
Imperial Russian Geographical Society in 1902.
the Nakhodka Bay on the western shore of the Ob Bay. Called
by A.I. Vilkitsky
the western coast of the Ob Bay to the south of Cape Mordovin.
the southern coast of the Bolshevik Island. Opened
and named in 1914, by the hidrographicheskaya expedition Arctic