Nolde Boris Alexandrovich
naval officer, polar explorer.
He was born in the Mindovo estate of the Kineshma district of the
Kostroma province (now the tract near the village of Kosachevo in
the Vichugsky district of the Ivanovo region) in the family of a
children's writer and translator Alexander Nolde.
Nolde graduated from a Moscow gymnasium, and then in 1905 the
Naval Cadet Corps, from which he was released as a midshipman. The
first campaigns made on the ships "Rynda" and "Admiral Kornilov".
From 1909 to March 1912 Nolde was promoted to lieutenant on the
Vaigach icebreaker under the command of A.V. Kolchak
was part of the hydrographic expedition of the Arctic Ocean and took
part in the campaigns of 1910-1911. In
1911, he discovered and explored in the East-Siberian Sea a lip
named after him.
In 1912 he was recalled to St. Petersburg and was assigned to the
Imperial yacht "Polar Star" as part of the Guards crew. During
his service at the Polar Star, he became closely acquainted with the
royal family and its closest associates.
July 23, 1914 by decision of Emperor Nicholas II, the Guards crew
went to the land front as part of the Guards Corps. Lieutenant
Nolde was appointed Chief of the Machine Gun Company of the 2nd
Battalion of the Guard Corps. Together
with his battalion, he went to Kovno to organize a river flotilla on
the Neman. As
part of the battalion Nolde fought until 1916, and then was
appointed senior navigator officer on the cruiser "Varyag". On
it, he made the transition from Vladivostok through the Suez Canal
to the Aleksandrovsk-on-Murman.
In 1917–1918 in
the rank of Captain 2nd Rank, Nolde served as flag-captain in the
operational section of the headquarters of the flotilla of the
Arctic Ocean, in 1919 commanded the cruiser Askold, captured by the
After emigrating in 1919 he lived for some time in England and
France, then in Belgium, until 1928 he worked in the Belgian Congo
in a campaign engaged in maritime cargo and passenger transport.
Upon completion of the contract with the campaign in the Belgian
Congo, Nolde returned to Brussels and worked in the newspaper
Russian Weekly in Belgium, wrote articles about the Russian fleet,
took an active part in the life of the Maritime Union, and then the
Association of Officers of the Imperial Navy.
Nolde’s activities in peacetime and in wartime have won numerous
was a holder of the Order of St.
Stanislav 3 degrees, St.
Anna 3 degrees, St.
Stanislaus 2 degrees with swords, St.
Anna 4 degrees with the inscription “for bravery”, as well as
After a severe, prolonged illness, he died in Brussels at
the East Siberian Sea, southeast of Cape Shelagsky. Named
in 1911 by the hydrographic expedition of the Arctic Ocean. The
first name is "Baron Nolde's Lip".