Ommanney Erasmus 
(22.05.1814–21.12.1904)


English admiral, polar explorer. 
Born in London. His father, Francis Ommanney, was a naval agent, and his uncle, John Ommanney, was a captain, later an admiral. 
He began service in the navy in 1826, and the next year on the ship "Albion", whose captain was his uncle, took part in the battle of Navarino. 
In 1835  already becoming a lieutenant,Ommanney first visited the Arctic. On a ship commanded by Captain John Ross, he was sent to Baffin Sea to rescue several whaling ships trapped in ice. The young lieutenant then received special thanks from the Admiralty for his behavior on this dangerous expedition. 
In 1840  Ommann was appointed commander of the "Vesuvius", the first ship in the navy of England, on which he served for three years on the Mediterranean Sea. In 1846  he became captain and engaged in the study of Ireland. The year before  Ommanney became a member of the Royal Geographical Society. 
The next meeting with the Arctic takes place in 1850, after Ommann was assigned to the sailing vessel “Assistance” with a displacement of 430 tons, which was part of the group of ships under the command of G. Austin aimed at finding the missing expedition of J. Franklin. Ommanney managed to find the first traces of this expedition on Beachy Island and Cape Riley, located at the entrance to the  Wellington Strait. During the wintering of 1850 - 1851, making sled routes, he put the northwest coast of Prince of Wales, not explored before, opened a large bay, later named after him, discovered the site of the ancient Eskimo site, made a large number of magnetic observations, some some of which was obtained near the north magnetic pole. The Ommann detachment consisted of S. Osborne and Lieutenant Brown, whose names are on the map of the Arctic. 
During the Crimean company, Ommanney commanded a small naval detachment sent in force in the White Sea. 
In subsequent years  Ommanney served in many seas and oceans. He became a rear admiral in 1864, a vice admiral in 1871, and in 1877 he retired as a full admiral. For his service, and in particular the Arctic, Ommann was awarded numerous awards and honorary titles. In 1868  he was elected an honorary member of the British Royal Geographical Society, in 1877 he was elevated to knighthood, and in 1885 he received the title of honorary doctor of law at the University of Montreal. Ommanney was a strong supporter of Antarctic research. 
His long life ended with his son’s estate in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire. 
He was buried in the Old Mortlake Cemetery (Old Mortlake Cemetery) Mortlake Greater London, England.

Island Ommanney) in the north of the archipelago Franz Josef Land. Opened by expedition F. Jackson in 1895. 
Mountain and glacier in the east of Torel Land. Coordinates 77° 15'N   17° 00'E.

Bay in the northwest of the island Prince of Wales in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Opened by Ommanney in 1851.

 

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