Alexey Nagayev

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Alexey Ivanovich Nagayev
Алексей Иванович Нагаев
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Born 17 March 1704
Sertyakino, Russia
Died 8 January 1781
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Allegiance  Russia
Service/branch  Russian Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held 32-gun frigates "Chevalier" and "Mercurius"
66-gun ship "Fridemaker"
Russian Hydrographic Service
Awards Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky
Order of Saint Anna

Alexey Ivanovich Nagayev (Russian: Алексей Иванович Нагаев, March 17, 1704, Sertyakino-January 8, 1781, Saint Petersburg) was a Russian hydrographer, cartographer and an admiral.


Born in a family of the lesser nobility, he graduated from the Saint Petersburg Naval Academy and later found employment there. During the Seven Years' War Nagayev headed the hydrographic expedition to the Prussian shores. He also compiled the first atlases of the Bering Sea and Baltic Sea, which were published in 1752. Despite the absence of a meridian grid, Nagayev's maps were used for a further fifty years. In 1764-65 Nagayev became the supreme commander of the Kronstadt port. He was promoted to the rank of admiral in 1769.


A bay in the Okhotsk Sea is named after him.

See also[edit]


  • Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1974), vol. 17, p. 196
  • Сухарева, О.В. Кто был кто в России от Петра I до Павла I, Москва, 2005