The wife of the Polish Ambassador in London, Mrs. Jerzy Morawska, today (Thursday) named the?
The wife of the Polish Ambassador in London, Mrs. Jerzy Morawska, today (Thursday) named the first ship to be launched in the River Tees this year. The 24,150-ton bulk carrier "Ziemia Bydgoska" was built for the Polish Steamship Company by Smith's Dock and Company Limited at their South Bank yard near Middlesborough.
The vessel was the first from the yard to go to Poland, and at a reception after the launching Sir Eustace Smith, chairman of the shipbuilders, said one other vessel remained on the stocks before the yard converted completely to ship repairing.
British shipbuilders have been attentive to the Polish market for new ships, and for today's launching the Polish Vice-Minister of Shipping, Mr. Stefan Perkowicz, travelled specially from Warsaw. Mr. Perkowicz then left on a two-day tour of other shipyards in north-east England and Scotland.
His tour was planned by Britain's Ministry of Technology and Trade Ministry to impress upon Poland the achievements of British shipbuilding and in the hope that they will place more orders with British yards. The big prize Britain hopes to win is an order to build a replacement for the 30-year old 14,300-ton "Batory" -- flagship of the Polish merchant fleet.