Boyle, Roman Platonovich (1794–1854)
Boyle, Roman Platonovich (1794–1854) – a vice admiral, Russian circumnavigator, researcher of the eastern coast of the Bering and Chukchi Seas. He was born to a family of an English marine officer who started to serve in Russia in times of Ekaterina II’s reign. In 1811, he graduated from the sea Cadet Corps in the rank of a midshipman and till 1817 navigated in the Baltic and North seas. In 1819–1822, he circumnavigated the world on a sloop “Otkrytie” (Discovery) visiting Kamchatka and the Russian America and participated in surveys of the eastern coasts of the Bering and Chukchi seas up to parallel 71°06′ northern latitude, St. Lawrence Island, in the discovery of Nunivak Island and the research of the Pribilof Islands and the San Francisco Bay. In 1828–1829, he took part in the Dardanelles blockade. In the period from 1830 to 1849, he served in the Baltic Fleet, in 1850 was appointed commander of Arkhangelsk Port in a rank of a Rear Admiral (1842), and in 1851 was promoted to vice admiral.
He gave his name to a cape on Otkrytie Island in the Bering Sea.