Who was Vitus Bering?
Captain-Commander Vitus Bering was an intrepid explorer who discovered the Bering Sea - a marginal sea of the Northern Pacific Ocean. He sailed for the Czar of Russia, having joined the Russian Navy in 1704.
The Bering Sea is a fantastic fishing ground and home to the North Pacific seal herds, which were being hunted into extinction before the Pelagic Sea Act was enforced to control seal hunting.
Few others have matched Vitus Bering’s or his companions’ courage and persistence, or faced such obstacles and hardships, in the name of discovery. Men were drowned, frozen to death and eaten alive by wolves during the nine-year-long expedition.