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Polish tall ship STS Pogoria sails through Plymouth Sound to celebrate twinning ties with Gdynia

A beautiful Polish tall ship sailed in Plymouth Sound. STS Pogoria traveled to Plymouth to celebrate the twinning links between Gdynia and Ocean City in Britain.

STS Pogoria is a Polish barquentine launched in 1980. She was designed by naval architect Zygmunt Choreń as the first of a series of (18 in total) contemporary medium and large-sized sailing ships.

Pogoria was designed with the explicit purpose of training and educating young students on the high seas. She has school facilities and her rig can be manually worked by a male or female crew of junior high age.

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The ship has also proven to be very seaworthy, sailing throughout its history on all seas (including Antarctica) in often difficult conditions. Additionally, it is highly competitive in races, consistently placing in the top spots in tall ship races.

The partnership was one of the first between Britain and Poland and saw the people of Plymouth and Gdynia pledge to strengthen ties between the two cities, after Poland and Britain forged strong ties during World War II. The relationship between the two twin cities continues to grow and was celebrated with the unveiling of the revitalized artistic design on the Polish Bridge located in the aptly named Gdynia Way.

First mentioned in 1253, Gdynia began as a fishing colony and major growth did not occur until after World War I when Gdynia was returned from Germany to Poland by the Treaty of Versailles. When the German-controlled legislative assembly in Gdańsk banned Poland from using that port’s facilities, Gdynia was chosen in 1920 as the site of its new port.

The city was built later than the seaport and in 1925 plans for the expansion of the city were drawn up with the city rights then granted on February 10, 1926. In the interwar period, Gdynia was become Poland’s “window to the world” and its centerpiece in Europe, a source of pride for its inhabitants and all Poles. The city and port were destroyed during World War II, but Gdynia was quickly rebuilt after the war.

Canadian sailors were spotted on the rails as HMCS Halifax slid outward this morning through the Hoe, captured by Kevin Kelway. He said: “With another international visitor, the Polish tall ship STS Pogoria near the breakwater.”

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