`HEROIC` WARSHIP SET FOR 2012 REUNION

By Richard Wright

Monday, December 17, 2007

 

THE POLISH warship Blyskawica could sail back to Cowes.

The ship that was built in the Cowes shipyard of J. Samuel White was credited for saving Cowes and East Cowes from more serious damage during an air raid.

The Blyskawica was launched in Cowes in 1937 and is now a fully restored floating museum moored at Gydinia near Gdansk.

She was recently visited by an Island delegation including IW Council leader Cllr Roger Mazillius, chairman of the Island Blyskawica Society Tim Gladdis and Cowes mayor Cllr Geoff Banks.

All were at a meeting of the full IW Council last week where Cllr Mazillius outlined the plan he raised with the Polish Navy.

“2012, as well as being the year of the London Olympics, is also the 70th anniversary of the defence of Cowes by the Blyskawica and the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the ship,” he said.

“I raised the suggestion during our visit to Gydinia of how wonderful it would be if she could be brought over to Cowes during that year and, while this gained a deal of approval, the cost and the logistics of such a move should not be under-estimated.

“The Cowes harbourmaster has welcomed it and suggested a mooring on the new Parade Landing right in the heart of Cowes.”

The council approved the idea of the ship coming to Cowes.

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