Avinov, Alexander Pavlovich (1786–1854)
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Avinov, Alexander Pavlovich (1786–1854) – a Russian seafarer and admiral. In 1804–1807 he served as a midshipman on English naval ships, in 1805 participated in the Battle of Trafalgar. In 1819–1822 on board a sloop “Otkrytiye” (Discovery) he took part in the circumnavigation under the direction of M.N. Vasilyev who was trying to find a passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. In 1820 Avinov entered the Chukchi Sea through the Bering Strait and described a large stretch of the coast. He explored and described a segment of the northwestern coast of Bristol Bay in the Bering Sea. He served on the Baltic Sea and commanded the battleship “Gangut” on which in 1827 took part in the battle of Navarino against the Turco-Egyptian Navy. In 1834 Avinov was appointed Chief of Staff of the Black Sea Fleet and the ports of the Black Sea, from 1837 to 1848 served as a Commander of the Port of Sevastopol.
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