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Sitka in Sitka Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
 

250th Anniversary of the Bering- Chirikov Expedition

1741-1991

 
 
250th Anniversary of the Bering- Chirikov Expedition Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 29, 1996
1. 250th Anniversary of the Bering- Chirikov Expedition Marker
(Russian on top left rim. English on right top rim.)
Inscription. [Top rim]:
К 250 летию экспедиции В. И. Беринга и А.И. Чирикова

Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Bering-Chirikov Expedition

(English version on left):
May the wheel of change forever turn with peace, justice and opportunity

(Russian version on right)
Пусть штурвал перемен навсегда ведет к миру и справедливость

Sitka Alaska
 
Erected 1991.
 
Location. 57° 3.074′ N, 135° 20.389′ W. Marker is in Sitka, Alaska, in Sitka Borough. Click for map. The coordinates are approximate. Marker is on the grounds of the Alaska Pioneers Home. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Katlian St, Sitka AK 99835, United States of America.
 
Regarding 250th Anniversary of the Bering- Chirikov Expedition. The Second Kamchatka Expedition of 1733-1743 had scientific as well as imperial intentions. After the Sv. Petr
Alaska Pioneer Home image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1996
2. Alaska Pioneer Home
and Sv. Pavlov were separated in mid-July, Chirikov sailed east and Bering’s crew spotted mountains, naming the highest peak St. Elias. Between the 18th and the 20th of July, both Chirikov and Bering had, separately, reached North America. Bering, fearing diminishing supplies and poor sailing conditions for the rest of the voyage, granted German botanist Georg Stellar and other scientists who had come on the lengthy journey just one single day to work ashore. They stopped at other islands, interacting and making some small trade with the local peoples with the aid of an indigenous translator from eastern Siberia.

On August 30, the Sv. Petr sat at anchor off the Shumagin Islands off the Alaskan coast, and in early September they sailed the south side of the Aleutians, trying to get back to Kamchatka before the winter set in. Chirikov sailed the Sv. Petrov back to Kamchatka in October, but Bering and the Sv. Petr were immobile, as almost the entire crew had scurvy. Bering’s men landed on an island and, after Bering’s death, managed to build a small vessel from the wood of the Petr, which was too large to re-float and sail with the diminished crew. The ship’s carpenter had also perished with scurvy, but the sailors managed to craft a small vessel and made their way back to the Siberian coast when the winter passed.
 
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The Prospector image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1996
3. The Prospector
Sitka's Pioneer Home seen in backround
Plaque on "The Prospecter" image. Click for full size.
July 3, 2007
4. Plaque on "The Prospecter"
                          Ecce Novum Astrum
The Prospector, Alonzo Victor Lewis-Sculptor Erected by Alaskans under the sponsorshoip of Eiler Hansen and W.D. Gross - Trustees Henry Roden, Charles, Carter and Jack Conway - Superintendent Bill Knight - Dedicated October 18, 1949
"There's gold and it's haunting and haunting. It's luring me on as of old yet it isn't gold that I'm wanting so much as just finding the gold. It's the great big-broad land way up yonder it's the forest where silence has lease, it's the beauty that fills me with wonder. It's the stillness that fills me with peace."
                          Robert W. Service
The Baranof totem pole, Totem Square image. Click for more information.
By Mike Stroud, 1996
5. The Baranof totem pole, Totem Square
A totem pole designed in 1940 by George Benson stands in front of the Pioneer Home in downtown Sitka's totem square, in Sitka, Alaska.
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