“Schooner Hercules” is a pin from the rare series “Russia Sets Sail”.
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 beginning of the 20th century was the period of polar campaigns, tragedies and great geographic discoveries. In 1912 three Russian expeditions went to the Arctic: the expedition of the polar geologist Vladimir Rusanov on the schooner “Hercules”, the expedition of the senior lieutenant Georgy Sedov on the schooner “St. Martyr Phocus” and the expedition of Georgy Brusilov on the schooner “St. Anna”. Unfortunately, all three expeditions had tragic ends.
The vessel “Hercules” was a two-masted sailing motor trapping schooner of the expedition to the Island of Spitsbergen under the command of V.A. Rusanov. She was made of oak in 1908 in Norway for fishery and trapping in polar seas. In 1912 she was bought by the geologist Rusanov for the expedition organized by the Russian Ministry of Home Affairs in order to conduct research of coalfields. After a month and a half of work on the island “Hercules” crossed the Barents Sea and reached Novaya Zemlya (New Land) Islands with the purpose to move to the east by the Northern Sea Route. The vessel disappeared together with the crew and scientific personnel (12 people). The fate of the schooner as well as the crew stays unknown up to now.
Technical features: length – 75 ft, width – 20 ft, draft – 8 ft, gross tonnage – over 139 000 lb, motor speed – up to 6 knots.