The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Ignatyev, Isay (?–1657)

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Ignatyev, Isay (?–1657) – a Pomor, a pathfinder, and the pioneer of the East Siberian Sea. Leading a group of entrepreneurs in 1646 that was looking for new fur-trapping grounds, he was the first in the history of Russian navigation to steer his koch from the mouth of the Kolyma eastward. He discovered around 300 km of north Asian coast and Ayon Island protecting passage into Chaunskaya Bay and voyaged toward Ayon Island several times. As the legend goes, he was killed in a skirmish with natives.

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