INTRODUCTION: One of Poland's oldest sailing ships has now completed its last voyage.
GV Dar Pomorza at sea.
SV PULL BACK PAN Steering wheel, flag, men on board.
SV Men pulling ropes.
SV Raising the sails. (2 SHOTS)
CU Captain watching sails raised. (2 SHOTS)
PAN Ship and sails. (2 SHOTS)
GV Man climbing mast and sitting on it. (2 SHOTS)
GV Ship on sea.
GV INTERIOR Ship's kitchen.
GV INTERIOR Navigation room.
GV PAN ACROSS Men on board.
GV Man looking out to sea. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Men in hammocks. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN TO Sea.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: One of Poland's oldest sailing ships has now completed its last voyage. The Dar Pomorza, used for many years to train sailors for the merchant navy, sailed from Poland to Finland and back again across the Baltic Sea this autumn. It's to become a museum piece.
SYNOPSIS: The Dar Pomorza was built in the German port of Hamburg in 1909. It was bought by the Polish Navy and for sixty-one years has given training to over 13 thousand men. It served through two world wars, under Fascist and Communist rulers, maintaining the standards of seamanship of the Polish sailors.
The men were raising the sails for the last time during the voyage. The ship sailed from Gydnia in Poland to Kotka in Finland and back again across the Baltic Sea. The vessel was visiting the last of the three hundred and eighty three ports it has docked at in its lifetime, and covering the last of its 509,000 nautical miles. As the men raised the sails its captain, Tadeusz Olechowski, looked on.
The Dar Pomorza is a rare sight on the Baltic Seas today. These waters are more often filled with fishing boats and the sophisticated military vessels of the Warsaw Pact countries as they go about their training exercises.
Sailing vessels of the Dar Pomorza type are not unknown in some parts of the world where they are still used to train sailors. But for the waters of Northern Europe, the Dar Pomorza belongs to a distant age.
In the ship's kitchen, the cooks were preparing a final supper. Back home in Poland there's a shortage of meat, but here fish was not in short supply.
The Baltic Sea is one of the hunting grounds for Poland's fleet of 120 ships, which catch over 800,000 tonnes of fish each year. And with the meat shortage, Poles are being urged to eat more fish by their government.
The Dar Pomorza crew seemed to be making the most of every second of the last voyage.
The final destination of the ship is the Baltic Port of Gydnia. It is to become a museum piece. For the crew, it means the end to their sailing ship days.