Polish tall ship Dar Młodzieży on Sunday set sail on a cruise around the world aiming to promote Poland as the country celebrates 100 years of independence
The ship left the Polish Baltic port of Gdynia for Tallinn in Estonia after a departure ceremony attended by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński.
The ship will call in at 22 ports around the world during its ten-month Independence Cruise, during which some 1,000 people will be involved in manning the ship.
About 600 of them are maritime students from the northern Polish cities of Gdynia and Szczecin.
The remaining participants won their spots on the ship in a competition which tested their knowledge about Polish history and naval science.
Dar Młodzieży will sail to Cape Town, Singapore, Jakarta and the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019.
This year, Poland marks the centenary of regaining its independence in 1918 after more than 120 years of partitions and foreign rule.