“SOŁDEK” is the first commissioned seagoing vessel in the history of Polish shipbuilding industry. It was designed by a team of Polish constructors under the supervision of M.Sc. Eng. Henryk Giełdzik, and constructed in the Gdańsk Shipyard established on 19 October 1947.
The keel for the prototype coal-ore carrying vessel type B-30 was laid on 3 April 1948 on ramp A 2. After official speeches, the construction site was consecrated by the Pastor of the St. Jacob Parish. The first rivet was hammered into the construction elements by the contemporary Minister of Navigation - Adam Rapacki. An average of 45 tonnes of steel elements was assembled per week. About 300 rivets were used for the ship’s construction. Their weight amounted to about 6% of the weight of the entire hull. The ship was launched on 6 November 1948. Pursuant to earlier decisions, the vessel was named after the leading shipyard worker, namely tracer Stanisław Sołdek. His wife Helena was appointed the Godmother of the ship. On 21 October 1949, “Sołdek” under the command of Captain Zbigniew Rybiański set off for its first cruise to Szczecin, where the ceremonial hoisting of colours was held on 25 October 1949.
By 2 January 1981, “Sołdek” undertook 1379 sea voyages. During 31 years of its exploitation, the ship transported 3,600,000 t of cargo, and entered more than 60 ports.
During a visit to “Sołdek”, you can familiarise yourself with the historical construction of the coal-ore carrier with four holds and quarter-decks on the midship and stern. On the boards, you can observe the type of welded-riveted hull construction not used in shipbuilding any more. The decks feature covers of four holds, bow anchor, and reloading equipment running on steam engines. The cranes were operated by winches supplied by UNRRA. The most interesting of the decks is the lifeboats deck with rescue equipment and emergency helmsman station.
In the midship quarterdeck and on the bow, visitors learn about the social conditions of work of officers and sailors in the middle of the previous century. In the wheelhouse, originally not featuring a radar, you can see historical equipment, including among others speaking tubes for communication with the engine room. The fully equipped engine room allows you to familiarise with the ship’s obsolete mechanical engine with coal-fuelled boilers and piston steam machine.
Between the engine room and mid-ship quarterdeck, two holds were adapted for sightseeing. Hold No. 3 features temporary exhibitions, and hold No. 4 – an exhibition on the history of construction and exploitation of “Sołdek”, and exposition of models of ships built in the Gdańsk Shipyard in the years 1947-84.
Polish Maritime Museum
Every day except Mondays 9:30-16:00
01.07. - 04.09. Every day 10:00-18:00
Adult - 6 PLN, reduced - 4 PLN
(the ticket entitles you to a return ferry transfer from the Crane to the Ołowianka island)
Ticket to all objects in Gdańsk (Granaries, Crane, “Sołdek”) including return ferry transfer:
Adult - 14 PLN, reduced - 8 PLN
Ferry transfer: 1 PLN single
Group of up to 30 persons - 15 PLN, group of more than 30 persons - 20 PLN
in a foreign language (English, Russian):
Group of up to 30 persons - 20 PLN, group of more than 30 persons - 40 PLN
Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 058 301 86 11 ext. 431, 400
Taking photographs or videos by visitors:
Each person taking photographs/filming the objects: for one object - 5 PLN, for all objects of the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk: 10 PLN.