Location: Ziółkowskiego Quay in Gdańsk
The exhibition ‘On Broad Waters. A Tale of the Polish Maritime Club’ is the fascinating story of the Gdańsk sailing club with pre-war traditions. The exhibition presents the history of the Polish Maritime Club (PMC) from the inception of the organization, through the first post-war years and the functioning of the club in the period of the Polish People's Republic, up until today. The exhibition also included information about the figure of Captain Ziółkowski, the yacht "Korsarz" designed by him, as well as presenting the forms of commemorating him as the ‘First Sailor of the Republic of Poland’. The exhibition includes a number of unique and commemorative photos and documents related to the history and members of the club. The material describes many interesting and little known facts related to the activities of the PMC, including the story of the Olympic regatta, which took place in 1936.
The Polish Maritime Club was founded in the 1920s in the Free City of Gdańsk (FCG). From the very beginning, PMC members have been guided by the idea of educating future generations of sailors who successfully take part in competitions and regattas, both domestic and foreign. The club Commodore and sports manager in the interwar period was Captain Tadeusz Ziółkowski.. This distinguished activist of the Polish minority in the FCG also took an active part in the construction of the pre-war sea commercial and passenger fleet. As the captain of the pilots working at the Port of Gdansk, he refused to allow the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein access to the basin, which on September 1st fired salvos towards the Military Transit Depot on the Westerplatte Peninsula. As a consequence of the action he had taken, he was subsequently arrested and then murdered by the Nazis in the Stutthof concentration camp.