September 16, 2023

Yu. Lisyansky

Russia Post released a stamp to celebrate 250th Birth Anniversary of Yu. Lisyansky (1773–1837), navigator, explorer, participant of the first Russian round-the-world expedition on 12th April 2023 depicting his portrait and an image of sloops Nadezhda and Neva.

In 1793-1799, Lisyansky did his military service as a volunteer on the ships of the British Navy. During those years, he sailed extensively to North America and the Canadian coasts, South Africa, India and the West Indies.

Upon his return to Russia, in 1798, he was promoted to the rank of captain-lieutenant and commanded the Avtroil frigate. In November of 1802, he was awarded the Order of St. George, 4th class, for 18 sea campaigns.

In 1803-1806, Ivan Kruzenstern and Yuri Lisyansky on sailing sloops Nadezhda and Neva executed the first circumnavigation in the history of the Russian Fleet. During the three-year expedition, the ships sailed together only 375 days and 720 days on their own. Yuri Lisyansky was the first to describe Hawaii in his book Journey Around the World (in 2 volumes, 1812). During his cruising, he made detailed observations of winds and currents, compiled rich mineral, zoological, ethnographic and botanical collections, described tens of islands and many hundreds of miles of coastlines. For his services, he was promoted to captain second rank and in August of 1806, he was awarded the Order of St. Vladimir, 3rd class, money reward and life pension.

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