“Frigate Archangel Michael” is a pin from the series “The History of the Russian Fleet”, which reveals by means of phaleristics the origin and process of development of the Russian fleet since Peter the Great’s time till nowadays.
It is the sailing fleet that mankind is obliged to for innumerable discoveries in all scientific and cultural fields, for the development of trade and for the foundation of the navy.
Nowadays oceans and seas are furrowed by much modernized ships. However, a man’s heart has related sea with sails for ever. The icons of sailing vessels still live in books, songs, poems and paintings of artists, thus, staying the symbols of romance, dreams, as well as Faith, Hope and Love.
All the pins from the series are made of aluminum alloy with the safety pin fastening. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The series of the pins “The History of the Russian Fleet” was produced in the USSR in the late 1980s concurrently with the series of postage stamps of the same name. It has never been reproduced.
At present the number of the pins is limited and the series is considered to be a valuable collection.
At the beginning of 1702 in the northwest of Russia the new stage in shipbuilding begun – the construction of small battleships designed for the deployment of active actions against dominating Swedish flotillas on the lakes Ladoga, Chudskoye (Peipus) and Pskov.
“Archangel Michael” was a 28-gun frigate of the young Baltic fleet of Peter I. One of the first battleships which came across the enemy. She was built in 1702 and launched in 1704. Her basing port was St. Petersburg. The frigate took part in the Great Northern War against the Swedes in 1700–1721. Since 1705 annually from May to October she put out as a part of the squadron that protected St. Petersburg from seaborne attacks, and she left for the Neva River on wintering. She participated in firefight with Swedish vessels to repel the aggression of admiral Anckarstjerna’s squadron on the Kotlin Island. In 1710, as a part of Peter I’s squadron, she escorted transports with the troops.
“Archangel Michael” was dismantled after 1710.