The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Vagin, Merkuriy (?–1712)

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Vagin, Merkuriy (?–1712) – a Siberian Cossack who performed the first officially registered trip to the Lyakhovsky Islands. In May 1712 V. with his son accompanied by eight Cossacks and the foreman Yakov Permyakov got the command of the Yakutsk military leader D. A. Traurnicht and reached Cape Svyatoy Nos (Dmitry Laptev Strait) moving by land from Ust-Yansk eastward, after which they went in dogsleds to the north via the frozen sea. The group reached an island which was later called Bolshoy Lyakhovsky, from which they saw another island lying further to the north – Maly Lyakhovsky – but did not risk trying to reach it in unfavorable weather conditions. In the spring V. planned to go to the islands for the second time, but the Cossacks, suffering from starvation and hardships, killed V., his son, and Y. Permyakov and returned to Ust-Yansk, where their crimes were discovered.

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