“Sloop-of-War Mirny” 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 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.
“Mirny” was a 20-gun sloop-of-war of the Imperial Russian Navy. She was the second ship of the First Russian Antarctic Expedition of 1819-1821, during which Faddey Bellingshausen (the ship master of the flagship “Vostok”) and Mikhail Lazarev (the ship master of “Mirny”) sailed around the globe, discovered the continent of Antarctica and twice circumnavigated it, and discovered a number of islands and archipelagos in the Southern Ocean and the Pacific.
In memory of that famous navigation a medal was struck in Russia. A peninsula and a shore in the Antarctic, an Antarctic research station, a mountain chain on Mercury were named after the sloop-of-war.