Stepovoy Mikhail Gavrilovich

Russian military sailor.
He graduated from the "corps of foreign co-religionists", while still undergoing training, participated in hostilities, in particular in 1789 in the battle of Rocheshalm.
At the end of the corps in 1790, Stepovoy, in the rank of midshipman, fell on the active fleet, which included several combat clashes. He sailed across the Baltic and North Seas, made flights from Kronstadt to Arkhangelsk, to various points in Western Europe, during which time he also didn’t do without fighting.
In 1811 he was promoted to captain 2 rank and appointed inspector navigator school in Kronstadt. From this moment, the coastal administrative and pedagogical activity of the Stepovoy began.
In 1812, due to the threat of attack by the French on Kronstadt, the school was transferred to Sveaborg.
Heading this educational institution, which was transformed into a navigator company, and then into the first navigational crew, Stepovoy grew up in the service, receiving in 1819 the rank of captain of rank 1, then in 1826 captain-commander. In 1827, it was renamed Major General, and in 1835 it was promoted to Lieutenant General of the Naval Navigator Corps. In this rank, he ended his service as a member of the Council of the Marine Ministry. During his many years of service, Stepovoy received a number of awards, including the Order of St. George, 4 degrees, St. Anna, 2 degrees and St. Vladimir, 3 degrees.
Died in Petersburg, buried at the Volkovsky Orthodox cemetery. The grave is not preserved.


Entrance to the gulf Stepovoy. Three Finger Heads and Cogs

(photo by G.P. Avetisov, 2012)

Cape Stepovoy and the Anvil Island

(photo by G.P. Avetisov, 2012)

Cape south entrance of the Northern Sulmenev Bay on the west coast of the northern island of Novaya Zemlya. Named in 1839 by S.A. Moiseev.
Cape, bay and river north of Litke Bay on the Kara coast of the southern island of Novaya Zemlya. Named  in 1833 by P.K. Pakhtusov.


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