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The Russian-American Company bought a lot of grain in Spanish and Mexican California. In 1829 or 1830, not enough was available, and the ship Baikal under captain Etholén continued south to Chile. Kirill Khlebnikov was aboard, probably as supercargo. According to Winston Sarafian, some company employees deserted in Valparaíso.

What news or impressions did the Russians make?

  • Might have been the first Russian-American ship, but not the first Russian ship. – justCal Feb 25 '18 at 14:59
  • Do you have any more specific information from this source concerning the date? I have found information on the Baikal, but she is usually listed as a Brig. Etolin was in Valparasio, but much later than 1830, more near when he takes over as manager of RAC(1840). – justCal Feb 28 '18 at 0:04
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    I see conflicting information on what kind of ship Baikal was so I removed that detail. My sources here are Pierce's Builders of Alaska: The Russian Governors 1818-1867 and Sarafian's Russian-American Company employee policies and practices. Maybe there were multiple trips to Chile? – Aaron Brick Feb 28 '18 at 0:19
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    Pierce says on different pages that the ship returned to Sitka 1830/3/15 and 1830/5/15. – Aaron Brick Feb 28 '18 at 0:21
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    The Baikal is also listed in the notes in Bancroft as well, but no mention of her heading south (of course the list is just ships off Cal., so where it went was off-topic, or unknown). – justCal Feb 28 '18 at 0:29

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