The pin is made of aluminum alloy with the safety pin fastening. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The pin represents a stylized image of a goldish roll of a sea chart with the contours of two hemispheres and a corvette, i.e. a three-masted warship with square sails and a chimney. The corvette rides the waves from right to left. The text on the pin reads: “Vityaz”.
The series of the pins “Russia Sets Sail” demonstrates glorious pages of the Russian sailing fleet and the Pioneering Ships of that age.
The series of the pins was produced in the USSR in the late eighties of the 20th century, and has never been reproduced.
At present the number of the pins is limited and is considered to be a valuable collection.
The Corvette “Vityaz” was one of the four 17-gun sailing screw vessels of Bogatyr (Hero) type.
She was built at the dockyard in Finland on August 23rd, 1861. She was launched on July 24th, 1862. It circumnavigated twice. In 1863-1964, as a part of the Russian navy squadron, she took part in the Expedition to the coasts of the USA.
In her first circumnavigation in 1870-1874 Vityaz set off from St. Petersburg with a cartographical mission, then she crossed the Atlantic Ocean, passed the Strait of Magellan and eventually reached New Guinea where she brought the famous scientist and ethnographer Mikloucho-Maclay. Then passing by the coasts of Japan, China, India she reached the Arabian Peninsula and returned to the port Kronstadt across the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar and the English Channel.
In 1882 the Corvette was renamed after the recently passed-away general M.D. Skobelev. In 1883-1885 the Corvette circumnavigated once more. In 1892 she became a training ship. In 1895 the service period of the ship expired and she was dismantled.