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Extra Day Added to Polish Tall Ship Tours; Open Friday 10-5
Dar Młodzieży, a tall ship from Poland, calling at the Port of Los Angeles this week has added an extra day for free public tours. It will now be open Friday, December 28, from 10 a.m. 5 to 5 p.m.
The port call is part of the ship's world cruise commemorating 100 years of Polish independence following 120 years of foreign rule. The vessel is open for tours Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The ship’s is at Berth 46 in the Outer Harbor at the Port of Los Angeles.
Local arrangements and events are being coordinated by the Southern California Education, Tourism, & Cultural Organization (SoCal ETC)’s Visit San Pedro in cooperation with the Los Angeles Consulate of the Government of Poland.
During the port call in Los Angeles, the crew and officers will meet with area officials and members of the Polish community.
Dar Młodzieży will sail from the Port of Los Angeles to Panama for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Youth Day.
Dar Młodzieży, which translates to “The Gift of Youth,” was originally built in 1982. It is now operated by the Gdynia Maritime University as a training ship for merchant officer cadets.
The ship is fully-rigged and is 2,255 gross tons (667 deadweight tons). It is approximately 311 feet long and 46 feet wide (94.7 meters by 14 meters). Dar Młodzieży averages 5.5 knots sailing speed.
Gdynia Maritime University is one of the largest maritime training institutions in Europe and has a student body of about 5,000. representing the maritime industry and seaside regions. The University four Faculties offer degree in Navigation, Marine Engineering, Marine Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. At present Gdynia Maritime University provides studies for 8000 students.
In addition to training merchant fleet officers, the university has programs in marine engineering, electrical engineering, and entrepreneurship and quality science.
SoCal ETC is a non-profit cultural tourism organization that serves as a focal point for programs that expand understanding and appreciation of the world and its inhabitants. The organization fosters and facilitates positive experiences through interaction with the arts, the humanities, adventure, and destinations, cultures, and people.
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GETTING THEREBerth 46 is located at the end of Miner Street in the Port of Los Angeles.
From I110, exit at Harbor Blvd. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd. and follow it southbound. Bear right at 7th Street and continue southbound. Harbor Blvd. becomes Miner Street at the intersection with 22nd Street. Continue southbound and you will find the ship at the roundabout at the end of Miner Street.
Coming around the coast from Redondo Beach, continue on Palos Verdes Drive South, which turns into 25th Street. Continue on 25th Street to Gaffey Street. Turn left on Gaffey Street and go northbound to 22nd Street. Turn right on 22nd Street and proceed eastbound to the traffic light at Miner Street. Turn right on Miner Street and follow it to the roundabout, where you will find the ship.