Andreev, Stepan (?–?)
Andreev, Stepan (?–?) – a sergeant and geodetic surveyor and a researcher of the Medvezhyi Islands. In 1763–1764 he went on two expeditions from the mouth of the Kolyma to the Medvezhyi Islands, mapped them, and made the first topographic sketch. No astronomical position finding was performed. He was the first to find a way to the north of the Medvezhyi Islands to the black space on the map of the East Siberian Sea, where he saw land with the traces of “unknown people” with sledges and reindeer teams. Later this land, named “Andreev’s land,” has been searched for by many researchers of the Arctic, but has not been found.
In 1912 the participants of the Arctic Ocean Hydrographic Expedition named one of the Medvezhyi Islands in the East Siberian Sea after Andreev.