The icebreaker Vaygach was laid down in St. Petersburg in 1907 at the Nevskii shipyard and launched in 1908. It entered service in 1909. And in 1913, an expedition on the icebreakers “Taimyr” and “Vaygach” under the leadership of Captain 2nd Rank Boris Vilkitsky discovered the Land of Nicholas II which was mapped by the discoverer of Norilsk Nikolai Urvantsev as Severnaya Zemlya.
Last year, in the Kara Sea, the several shipwrecks’ location was determined. One of them is the icebreaking steamer Vaygach. It was discovered after a diving inspection by the Russian Geographical Society and the Northern Fleet joint expedition’s members.
After the RGS confirmed that it was the Vaygach, its scientific archive was replenished with documents from the Boris Vilkitsky and hydrograph Nikolai Evgenov, the icebreaker’s watch chief, family archives. This information was reported to the media by the director of the Russian Geographical Society Expeditionary department Sergey Chechulin.
Text: Valentina Vachaeva, Photo: Russian Geographical Society / rgo.ru