On this day: The first Russian circumnavigation took place

Lysyansky: A Voyage Round the World In the Years 1803-06, in the Ship Neva.

Lysyansky: A Voyage Round the World In the Years 1803-06, in the Ship Neva.

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The voyage set off from Kronstadt and lasted three years

On Aug. 7, 1803 two ships - Nadezhda ("Hope"), under the command of Krusenstern - and Neva, under the command of Captain-Lieutenant Yuri F. Lisianski -  began their voyage from Kronstadt. The first Russian circumnavigation lasted three years (from August 1803 – August 1806). The ships rounded Cape Horn, set off across the Pacific Ocean towards Japan, made stops at numerous islands and sailed past China, Alaska, Kamchatka, and Sakhalin. This voyage initiated the entire era of remarkable Russian circumnavigation.

Naturalists that participated in the voyage collected valuable botanical, zoological, and ethnographic information. During the expedition sea currents, temperature, tides, and barometer readings were observed.

The knowledge that was brought back from the expedition was highly valuable, not only in Russia, but all over the world. The expedition’s findings were translated into different languages and added to top research libraries.

Read more: A day out in Kronstadt, St. Petersburg’s fortified island guard

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