The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Rubets, Ivan Makarevich (?–?)

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Rubets, Ivan Makarevich (?–?) – Russian explorer and navigator and one of the discoverers of the coast of the Bering Strait and the Kamchatka Peninsula, as well as of the Bering Sea strip of Northeast Asia. From 1654 to 1662, he served as a common Cossack. In the summer of 1662, he was promoted to sergeant and sent to the Anadyr fortress to replace K.A. Ivanov. On board of two koch boats, he sailed around the Chukchi Peninsula and came to the Anadyr fortress. This was the second sea voyage after F.A. Popov and S.I. Dezhnev through the Bering Strait, which was mentioned in documents and shown on maps of 1726–1730. In the autumn of 1662, R. sailed along the coast of the Bering Sea and the Bay of Korf and reached the mouth of the Kamchatka River, discovering approx. 600 km of the east coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. After that, he returned to the Anadyr fortress. Before 1666, he served as an estate manager of Anadyr and then moved to Yakutsk, where he served until 1676. In 1677, R. arrived in Tobolsk and stayed there for residence.

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