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 of emerald green color and a corvette, i.e. a three-masted warship with square sails and two chimneys. 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 a screw warship.
She was built in1883 and launched on July 24th, 1884 in St. Petersburg. In 1886 Vityaz went on sailing around the world crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Strait of Magellan and in 1887 she became a part of the squadron of the Pacific Ocean in Yokohama. Then she sailed to the northern part of the Pacific Ocean for conducting extensive hydrographic research. After a year and a half, sailing in December, 1888 the Corvette made a way back passing by the shores of China and Indo-China, crossing the Red Sea, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar. On June 1st , 1889 Vityaz returned to Kronstadt. In 1891 the Corvette was transferred to the Pacific Ocean.
In April, 1893 “Vityaz”, re-qualified as a battleship of the first rank, got stuck on the rocks in the Nevelskoy Strait, and as a result, she was crushed by waves. The name of this ship, as well as the names of ten other famous expeditionary vessels, was carved on the gable of the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco.