“Battleship Potemkin” is a pin from the rare series “Revolutionary Ships”.
The series of the pins had been produced in 1987 by the 70th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia.
It has never been reproduced.
At present the number of the pins is limited and is considered to be a valuable collection.
The pin is made of aluminum alloy with the safety pin fastening. The method of painting is cold enamel.
“Potemkin” is a battleship of the Russian Black Sea fleet. She was named after prince Potemkin – a prominent statesman of the 18th century. The centralized control of artillery fire, conducted from the central station located in the conning tower, was first used on the battleship. She became the first ship of the Russian fleet that had tanks for liquid fuel.
“Potemkin” participated in World War I. Besides, she took part in the battle near the Bosporus Strait on May 10, 1915. On December 29th, 1917 she became a part of the Black Sea Red Fleet. On May 1st, 1918 she was captivated by German occupiers, on November 24th, 1918 – by Anglo-French invaders, and eventually, on April 22-24th, 1919 she was blown up by the English command, so she was put out of action. After the liberation of Sevastopol by the Red Army in 1920 “Potemkin” was not put into operation. She was dismantled, disassembled for scrap and excluded from the fleet on November 21th, 1925. At present one of the battleship’s masts is used in the Crimea as the basis of one of the lighthouses.
The significant event in the life of the ship, which put its name into history, was the armed rebellion on her board which ended with her capture and rising of the red revolutionary banner aboard.