Arctic Captain Rostislav Gaidovsky celebrates his birthday

Rostislav Gaidovsky. Photo by V. Novikov

Rostislav Gaidovsky is an Arctic explorer, captain and geologist awarded with the Order of the Red Star and the Order of the Badge of Honor. He once was the youngest captain of transport vessels in the Northern Basin, in 1973-1974 he was the captain of the icebreaker Krasin. In 1985, as a deputy chief, he took part in a historical and archaeological expedition to Franz Josef Land. It was during this expedition that Rostislav Gaidovsky discovered a strait which was later named in his honor. The strait runs between West and East Northbrook islands, which were previously considered a single island.

In 2021, on the initiative of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, a book based on the materials of the historical and archaeological expedition to Franz Josef Land was published. Rostislav Gaidovsky is one of its co-authors of the book.

Rostislav Gaidovsky was born 82 years ago in Estonia. His life was bound to the sea from a very early age – he grew up on the shores of the Baltic and started going out to sea at the age of 10. He sailed all over the world on many different ships, but he found his true love in the Arctic. Rostislav Gaidovsky devoted more than 40 years of his life to work in the Arctic Ocean. He worked on Franz Josef Land and Kolguev, Novaya Zemlya and Svalbard. Gaidovsky retired not so long ago and is still full of energy. He actively participates in the life of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society, attends events, gives lectures.

Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society sincerely congratulates Rostislav Gaidovsky on his birthday and wishes him good health, strength and energy for new achievements, as well as long years of life!

Rostislav Gaidovsky. Photo by V. Novikov
Rostislav Gaidovsky. Photo by V. Novikov
Rostislav Gaidovsky. Photo by V. Novikov
Rostislav Gaidovsky. Photo by V. Novikov

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