“Icebreaker Vaygach” is a pin from the rare series “Russia’s Icebreakers”.
The pin is made of aluminum alloy with the safety pin fastening. The method of painting is cold enamel.
Icebreaker “Vaygach” was an icebreaking steam vessel of moderate size built for the Russian Imperial Navy at St. Petersburg in 1909. She was named after a Russian arctic island Vaygach.
“Vaygach” and her sister ship “Taymyr” were built for the purpose of exploring the unknown areas of the Northern Sea Route. This survey became known as the Arctic Ocean Hydrographic Expedition.
The first of a series of ventures began in the autumn of 1910, when “Vaygach” and “Taymyr” left Vladivostok. They entered the Chukchi Sea with explorers aboard and began their expedition. For the next five years, the icebreakers went on sounding and carrying on vital surveys during the thaw. Before every winter, when ice conditions became too bad, they went back to Vladivostok and waited for the springtime. In 1911 the explorers and crew aboard “Vaygach” and “Taymyr” made the first Russian landing on Wrangel Island.
Some biggest successes of the expedition were the accurate charting of the Northern Sea Route and the discovery of Severnaya Zemlya (Northern Land) in 1913.
“Vaygach” was considered to be the best icebreaker in the world at the time.
She also took part in the World War I. On February 17th, 1918 the crew of “Vaygach” took the side of the Soviet government. In 1918 the icebreaker wrecked in the Yeniseyvskiy Zaliv of the Kara Sea. She had never been put into operation. On June 30, 1924 ”Vaygach” was scrapped.
In 1989 a new-built nuclear river-icebreaker of the Soviet Navy was named “Vaygach”.