The pin is made of aluminum alloy with the safety pin fastening. The method of painting is cold enamel.
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 Frigate “Pallas” was built at the dockyard in St. Petersburg on November 2nd, 1832. The length of the frigate is 173 ft, the width – 45 ft, the armament – 52 guns.
Her first captain became lieutenant Nakhimov, the future outstanding Russian admiral. The Frigate was built according to the personal order of Emperor Nicholas II. It was suggested that the frigate would be built according to the design of the British frigate “President”, that was an exact replica of the American frigate “President” which had been captured by the British fleet as a trophy, and which was one of the best oceangoing ships. However, later on, it was decided to make some changes by making her stern rounder, stronger and lighter.
New shipbuilding technologies of that time were applied to the Frigate. For example, the usage of chains instead of anchor ropes, square tanks made of tin-plate for drinking water instead of barrels.
In May-June, 1837 the Frigate was shipping gold from the Mint to Britain.
In 1852-1855 she sailed with a diplomatic mission from Kronstadt to the shores of Japan across the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific Oceans. A great Russian writer I.A. Goncharov, the author of the series of voyage notes, participated in that trip. After the negotiations in Nagasaki the Frigate headed for Russian shores where she was sunk in the Postovaya Bay, Imperatorskaya Gavan (Empiror’s Harbour) where she is located up to now. The decision to sink the ship was related to fears that she could be captured by the British due to the beginning of the Crimean War and to the real disability of the already old ship with the body absolutely shaking after the sailing through the ocean and the attack of two typhoons (in the Indian Ocean and near Hong-Kong).
The schoolship of the same class built in 1989 was named after the Frigate.