Relatively little is known of Konstantin Sergeyevich Badigin's life and career, apart from his role as captain of the steamer Georgii Sedov during its remarkable drift. Born in 1910, he spent his entire working life at sea. During World War II Badigin served in the Red Navy, and thereafter continued to sail aboard merchant vessels in the Arctic. In later life, he turned his hand to writing and became a member of the Union of Writers. Badigin wrote historical novels and stories about the Arctic, which attracted quite a wide following in the Soviet Union. He died on March 16,1984 at the age of 73.

William Barr

See also Nansen, Fridtjof Further Reading

Armstrong, Terence E., The Russians in the Arctic. Aspects of Soviet Exploration and Exploitation of the Far North 1937-1957, Methuen: London, 1958 Badigin, Konstantin S., Tri zimovki vo l'dakh Arktiki [Three winterings in the Arctic ice], Moscow: "Molodaia gvardiia," 1950

Belov, M.I., Nauchnoe i khoziaystvennoe osvoenie Sovetskogo Severa 1933-1945 g. Istoriia otkrytiia i osvoeniia Severnogo morskogo puti, IV [Scientific and economic development of the Soviet North 1933-1945. The history of the discovery and exploitation of the Northern Sea Route, IV], Leningrad: Gidrometeoizdat, 1969 Buynitskii, Viktor Kh., 812 dney v dreyfuisshchikh l'dakh: dnevnik [812 days in the drifting ice: a diary], Moscow: Izdatel'stvo Glavsevmorputi, 1945

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