The “Botik of Peter the Great” is the grandfather of the Russian fleet. It was a child’s passion of Tsar Peter that turned Russia into a powerful maritime nation and laid the foundation for domestic shipbuilding.
The “Botik of Peter the Great”, also called “St. Nicholas”, was a miniaturized scaled-down warship discovered by Tsar Peter at the Royal Izmaylovo Estate in 1688. It was repaired by Karshten Brandt, and Peter learned to sail using the boat on waters near Moscow. It was stored in the Moscow Kremlin by Peter and later enshrined in St. Petersburg. Tsar Peter continued to use it in state ceremonies and ordered that the boat be sailed down the Neva River on August, 30 annually. It was also used in state ceremonies of later monarchs of Russia, including the wedding of Catherine the Great and Peter III, as well as the centenary of St. Petersburg. In the 1760s Empress Catherine built a boathouse to store the legendary boat.
The boat became less important under the Soviet rule, along with other cherished objects of the Russian Empire; however, the surge of patriotism raised during the outbreak of the World War I led to the renewal of the significance of Peter the Great and the Botik along with him. The Boat was enshrined to the Central Soviet Naval Museum where it remains to present day. In 1997 the Boat left Russia for the first time to be exhibited in the World Financial Center.
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.
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“Submarine Chaser MO-IV” is the pin the pin from the series “The Soviet Navy”.
The pin represents a right-angled rhombus inside of which there is a blue field with the following elements: in the upper part – the naval flag of the USSR, in the center – the image of the war vessel with the indication of her class, in the lower part – a figured ribbon with the name of the ship put over an anchor.
“Corvette Vityaz 1883” is a pin from the rare series “Russia Sets Sail”.
The pin represents a stylized image of a goldish roll of a sea chart with the contours of two hemispheres of emerald green color and a corvette, i.e. a three-masted warship with square sails and two chimneys. The corvette rides the waves from right to left.
The text on the pin reads: “Vityaz”.
At present the number of the pins is limited and is considered to be a valuable collection.
Rare metal pin made of aluminum alloy “Little Octobrists around the Country of the October”.
In 1970, the All-Union March of Young Pioneer Units started in the USSR, while their junior comrades had their own game-adventure “Little Octobrists around the Country of October”. The both games lasted annually till the beginning of Perestroika, 1986. The winners of the annual laps of the game were awarded with the such pins.
The commemorative medal is given to the military personnel, veterans and civilian personnel of the Russian Interior Ministry’s Internal Troops, which took part in the counter-terrorist operations in the North Caucasus.
It is given for the courage, bravery, dedication, initiative and good results in the performance of the service duties and combat missions.
On the reverse side of the badge there is a screw for fastening it to a military uniform.