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 vinous color and a sailing steam vessel St. Anna riding the waves from left to right.
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 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.
Nansen’s, Amundsen’s an Scott’s polar expeditions raised a wide interest. That motivated Georgy Brusilov to organize his own arctic expedition. For the expedition he bought a steam schooner in Great Britain for 20 thousand rub. The schooner was a three-masted barkentine that was in a good condition despite her 45 year-old age. The vessel was renamed after the investor of the expedition, Anna Nicholaevna Brusilova. Under the new name the schooner “St. Anna” left St. Peterburg on August 10th, 1912. After 2 years of sailing and disagreements in the crew several members left the ship and went by foot to reach a habitable land. Only two people survived. The further fate of the schooner is unknown. In 1914 several search-and-rescue expeditions were organized. During two years of searching no traces of “St. Anna” were found.
In September, 1915 all search-and-rescue expeditions came back to Arkhangelsk. The searches were ceased.