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 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.
Senior lieutenant Georgy Sedov was a Russian hydrographer, and polar researcher. The organizer of an unsuccessful expedition to the North Pole on the schooner “St. Martyr Phocus” during which he died not having achieved his purpose, sailed approximately 200 km out of necessary 2000 km.
The steam schooner “St. Martyr Phocus” was built in Norway in 1870. She initially bore the name “Geyser”. As a part of the polar expedition she set off sailing from Arkhangelsk on August 27th, 1912. Because of severe weather conditions the schooner did not manage to reach Franz Josef Land and became ice-bound. In consequence, she was destroyed by storms and thus sank.