Gleb Shishmarev

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Shishmarev, Gleb Semenovich


Born 1781; died Oct. 22 (Nov. 3), 1835, in St. Petersburg. Russian navigator; rear admiral.

In the period 1815–18, Shishmarev circumnavigated the globe on the brig Riurik, under the command of O. E. Kotsebu (Kotze-bue). He conducted hydrographic investigations in the Pacific Ocean. Between 1819 and 1822 he commanded the sloop Blagon-amerennyi, which, as part of M. N. Vasiliev’s expedition to circumnavigate the globe, attempted to find a sea route from the Bering Strait to the Atlantic Ocean along the shores of Siberia or America. A bay (Shishimaref Inlet) in Alaska, a passage near the Marshall Islands, islands in the Kara Sea, and a peak in Antarctica are named after Shishmarev.


Lazarev, A. P. Zapiski o plavanii voennogo shliupa “Blagonameren-nogo.” Moscow, 1950.
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