Ship “Poltava” is a pin from the series “The History of the Russian Fleet”, which reveals by means of phaleristics the origin and process of development of the Russian fleet since Peter the Great’s time till nowadays.
It is the sailing fleet that mankind is obliged to for innumerable discoveries in all scientific and cultural fields, for the development of trade and for the foundation of the navy.
All the pins from the series are made of aluminum alloy with the safety pin fastening. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The series of the pins “The History of the Russian Fleet” was produced in the USSR in the late 1980s concurrently with the series of postage stamps of the same name. It has never been reproduced.
At present the number of the pins is limited and the series is considered to be a valuable collection.
“Poltava” was a 54-gun capital ship of the Russian Navy, launched on June 15, 1712 from St. Petersburg. The ship was named in honor of the great victory over the Swede in the Battle of Poltava and became the first battleship built and launched at the St. Petersburg Admiralty. In the 1710s, the ship was from time to time visited and commanded by Peter I, who also took active part in the design and construction of the ship. During her service of 1712–1732, “Poltava” was a part of the Baltic Fleet, and before the end of the Great Northern War took psrt in six marine campaigns. She was later used as a training ship for Kronstadt crews in the Baltic Sea.
“Poltava” was decommissioned in 1732.
“Poltava” was a fourth-rate capital ship: her deck length was 130 ft, the width without shell was 38 ft and the depth of hold was 15 ft. The ship looked much bigger with all her overhangs and the shell. The displacement of Poltava is not known and is estimated at 1200 tons.