Polish tall ship to dock in Gdynia on Thursday after 10-month voyage

The Polish tall ship Dar Młodzieży will dock on Thursday in Gdynia, northern Poland, from its round-the-world Independence Cruise marking the Polish independence centenary. During a ten-month journey, the ship visited 23 ports in several countries.

The spokesperson of Gdynia City Council Agata Grzegorczyk said that the welcome party for the tall ship will be attended by the Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways Marek Gróbarczyk, representatives of local government as well as staff and students from Gdynia's Maritime University.

During its over ten-month voyage, the crew was made up of 530 maritime academy students and 400 winners of a competition run for the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence.

Dar Młodzieży visited 23 ports in among others Tallinn, Copenhagen, Stavanger, Bremerhaven, Bordeaux, Tenerife, Dakar, Cape Town, Mauritius, Jakarta, Singapore, Shanghai, Osaka, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Acapulco, Panama, Miami, Ponta Delgada and London.

In each of the ports, voyage organisers presented events promoting Poland and its independence anniversary. The highlight of the voyage was the ship's presence at the January 2019 World Youth Day event in Panama.

Among the Independence Cruise's organisers were Gdynia Maritime University, the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways and the Pallottine Missionary Foundation Salvatti.pl. The Polish National Foundation, one of the main donors, donated PLN 6 mln (EUR 1.4 mln).