Petrov, Vladimir Vasilyevich (1791–?)
Petrov, Vladimir Vasilyevich (1791–?) – a Russian circumnavigator, captain of the Kronstadt Naval School, and researcher of the Bering and Chukchi Seas. In 1815, he graduated from the Kronstadt navigational school with the rank of assistant navigator. In 1815–1818, on the brig “Rurik,” he made the first circumnavigation around the globe with stops in Petropavlovsk and on Unalaska Island. He participated in the discovery and survey of Kotzebue Sound, Shishmareva Bay, Sarycheva Island, the Gulf of Eschscholz, and Chamisso Island in the Chukchi Sea and in hydrographic surveys in the St. Lawrence Bay and on the Aleutian Islands. In 1819–1822, on the sloop “Blagonamerennyi,” he made his second voyage around the world with stops at Petropavlovsk, Unalaska Island, and Novoarkhangelsk. He participated in surveying the southeast coast of the Chukchi Sea to the parallel of 69°01’N and the St. Lawrence Island, in the drafting of the first map of San Francisco Bay and parts of the coast of Oahu Island. In 1823–1830, he continued to serve in the Baltic Fleet and, in 1824 on the frigate “Provornyi,” sailed to Gibraltar and back to Kronstadt. The following year took part in the survey shooting of Kronstadt harbor. In 1829, Petrov resigned with the rank of captain.