POLAND: Red Sea Invasion

Poland is scarcely known as a seafaring nation; it is famous for coal, hams, Copernicus and a long history of serving as a parade ground for invading foreign armies. Yet, from its 326 miles of Baltic coastline, Poland is now mounting a seaborne invasion of its own into foreign markets. Ships built in ports bearing such tongue-twisting names as Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin are turning up with increasing frequency in fishing and merchant fleets round the world.

The Polish thrust is not yet a major threat to the better-known shipyards of Bremen,...

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