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Fireside Chat ‘Russian exploration and British navigational instruments in the beginning of the 19th century’

May 27, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST

By Feliks Gornischeff


Eight-day marine chronometer by Barrauds, London, c.1822 (Science Museum, inv.no. L2015-3494).

My presentation will look at the use of British navigational instruments by Russian explorers in the beginning of the 19th century. In the talk, I will cover different British makers and their instruments, look at the role of Russian diplomatic representatives in London in acquiring the instruments and look into various sources in Estonian, Russian and British archives. This research intends to add new information regarding instruments, exploration and trade and shows close maritime connections between Russia and Britain.

Marine chronometer by John Roger Arnold, London, c.1802 (Science Museum, inv.no. L2015-3492).

Biographical details

I am a researcher at the Estonian Maritime Museum focusing on the Russian exploration in the first half of the 19th century. The focus is on the life and work of Adam Johann von Krusenstern, the first Russian circumnavigator, concentrating on the scientific aspects of his career, but also international networks. I am also dealing with the navigational instruments used by the Russian explorers.


May 27, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST
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On-line, for SIS-members only.


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