The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Loman, Konstantin Vladimirovich (1880–1917)

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Loman, Konstantin Vladimirovich (1880–1917) – a Russian colonel and explorer of the Arctic Ocean and the Finnish archipelago. He graduated from the First Cadet of Corps in St. Petersburg and in 1898 was enrolled as a cadet in the Naval Cadet Corps. After 3 years, he was promoted to the rank of subofficer and appointed to the cruiser second rank “Dzigit” and sailed on it to the Pacific Ocean. As a crew member of this ship and of the battleship “Poltava,” L. participated in the naval and land battles for the defense of Port Arthur. He was three times wounded and shell shocked. He was in captivity in Japan. L. returned to Russia, and from 1906 to 1908, he sailed on the destroyer “Tsesarevich.” In 1909 he received the mine officer training and was enrolled as mine officer second class. In 1910, with the rank of lieutenant (1905), L. was transferred to the Siberian flotilla and appointed commander of the icebreaker “Taymyr.” In three months he was transferred to the icebreaker “Vaygach” and simultaneously appointed assistant chief of the Arctic Ocean Hydrographic Expedition. In 1911, L. was promoted to lieutenant and participated in the survey and measurements of the Chukchi and East Siberian Seas from Cape Dezhnev to the mouth of the Kolyma, a hydrological section from Cape Billings to Wrangel Island, and survey of the coast south of Cape Dezhnev to Cape Litke. In 1912, he participated in the survey of the sea coast from the Kolyma to the Lena, the Medvezhii and Lyakhovskiy islands, a hydrological section of the coast of Kamchatka to Bering Island, and other surveys. Upon returning to Vladivostok, L. was sent to the hydrologic department. In May 1913, he was enlisted in the Kronstadt garrison with the title of hydrographer, recertified as captain of the Kronstadt garrison, and appointed a member of the commission on the study of the Finnish archipelago. Simultaneously, he was acting chief of a hydrographic party of the Finnish archipelago. In 1915, L. was promoted to lieutenant colonel and then to colonel. In 1917 he was appointed commander of a battalion of artillery in the Primorskiy Front near the Moonsund fortified position (Cape Sorve). L. was killed in the explosion of powder magazines.

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