On The Right Course

Poland's shipyards have a long and venerable history, but their latest product is a strange-looking creature. Viewed against the slate-gray Baltic skyline, the new ship, the Finnfighter, has neither the smooth horizontal lines of a conventional freighter nor the bulk of a passenger ferry boat. Instead it combines elements of both, as if a cargo ship had slowly crunched its stern flat against an iceberg. The latest in a new line of ships to roll off Dry Dock Number One in the industrial port city of Gdynia, the Finnfighter is not just a new product. It is part of a small...

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