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
In 1835 already becoming a lieutenant, Ommanney first visited the
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
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
the wintering of 1850 - 1851, making sled routes, he put the
northwest coast Island
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.
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
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,
was buried in the Old Mortlake Cemetery (Old Mortlake Cemetery) Mortlake Greater
in the north of the archipelago
Franz Josef Land. Opened
by expedition F.
Jackson in 1895.
glacier in the
east of Torel Land. Coordinates 77°
15'N 17° 00'E.
the northwest of the island Prince
of Wales in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Opened