“boarding house” talk, and eventually made its way to the ears of Peter theGreat. Peter at the time was working (under one of his many disguises) as acommon labor on the docks in Europe and having participated in thesediscussions from time –to- time generated a great interest in the “Gama Land”.It was during this time that Peter made the acquaintance of many Danish sailors, one being Vitus Jonassen Bering (IvanIvanovich] who later was to join the Russian Navy in 1703.Peter understood the value of finding this “Gama-Land”,knowing that Siberia was always laboring under a great manydifficulties in providing for its population, and calculated that if he was to find this mythical land he would be able to supply food and othermaterials that were needed desperately in Siberia.
He also realized that thisdiscovery would enhance the dominion of Russia making it possible for hiscountry to be as great on the sea, as it was on land.Many years were to pass before Peter’s grand plan was to bear fruit and itwasn’t until 1724 that he endorsed an order
to explore east of Siberia but, as amatter of record it wasn’t till after Peter the Greats death on January 28
, 1725that Vitus Bering was to begin his quest for Gama Land under the order of Peter’s successor Catherine the First
. Vitus chose for his assistants, AlexeiChirikov, a navy lieutenant and Martin Petrovich Spanberg also a lieutenant inthe Russian Navy.Vitus under rule of the government
journeyed overland to Okhotsk
, crossedto Kamchatka were he build the ship
(St Gabriel). On this ship onJuly 13
, 1728 he sailed from Kamchatka River northeast (usually in sight of land). On August 11
he sighted land to the east and named it St Lawrence
Characteristically, when handing over the directions to Admiral Pyotr Apraksin for Bering, Peter I was quoted as saying:"Once we have protected our Fatherland from enemies, we should bring it glory through the arts and sciences. In our searchfor such a route, we will be more successful than the Dutch and the English, who have already made numerous attempts toreach the American coast."