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 Friedrich Plenisner  ( - 1778)

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Lived/Active: Russian Federation      Known for: Alaska sketches Bering expedition

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Friedrich H. Plenisner

The German-Baltic (Courland) Plenisner (? - 1778) was:
1730/35 Cavalryman transferred to Yakutsk.
1737 was banished for life to Ochots for an unknown delict, (there Corporal of Ochotsk Harbour?)
1738 already Vitus Bering recruited him for the Great Nordic Expedition.
1741-41 took part in Bering's voyage to America, as painter/surveyor (?),
During the voyage drew coastlines of Ochotsk, Bering and Alaskan sea (?)thereafter ban was lifted (?).
From 1745 Soldier (unknown rank and branch) in Moscow.
1753, back in Eastern Siberia, in the Garrison of Anadyrskogo (as Governor of a prison?).
1760 in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel Governor of the Anadir Region.
Since 1761 Commander of a fortress .
1762 Colonel, Commander of Okhotsk and Anadyr.
1763 and 1764 sent expeditions to the East Siberian Sea (Bear Isölands). Collected geographic and ethnologic data of the Kuriles, Chuktschi and Kamchatka for the Academy of Sciences St. Petersburg.

Source up to here: and A. Erman, 1855, Archiv für wissenschaftliche Kunde von Russland, Page 217.

From 1776 until his death 1778 he lived (retired?) in St. Petersburg. probably met Peter Simon Pallas there, on which occasion he could have handed him a drawing of the seacow, the "Pallas Picture"

Information provided by Hans Rothauscher from his research the Giant Seacow of the icy Northern Pacific discovered by German medicus and naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller in 1741.  Plenisner drew images of the seacow.

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