SS Sołdek

Coordinates: 54°21′05″N 18°39′32″E / 54.35139°N 18.65889°E / 54.35139; 18.65889
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SS Soldek as a museum ship in Gdansk
SS Sołdek as a museum ship in Gdansk
NameSS Sołdek
NamesakeStanislaw Sołdek
OwnerPolska Żegluga Morska
Port of registrySzczecin
BuilderStocznia Gdańska
Laid down3 April 1948
Launched6 November 1948
In service21 October 1949
Out of service30 December 1980
StatusEstablished as a museum ship in Gdansk, 17 July 1985
General characteristics
Length87 m (285 ft 5 in)
Beam12.3 m (40 ft 4 in)
  • 2 × Howden-Johnson boilers
  • 1 × 1,300 shp (969 kW) 4-cylinder steam engine
  • 1 × screw
Speed9.9 knots (18.3 km/h; 11.4 mph)
Launching of SS Sołdek
Boilers of SS Sołdek

SS Sołdek is a retired Polish coal and ore freighter. She was the first ship built in Gdańsk (Poland) after World War II and the first seagoing ship completed in Poland. She was the first of 29 ships classed as Project B30, built between 1949 and 1954 in the Gdańsk Shipyard. The name was given in honour of Stanisław Sołdek, one of the shipyard's shock workers.[2]

Sołdek is oftently mistaken with the SS Oliwa (a former unfinished Hansa A type cargo ship), which was commissioned after Sołdek,[3] however which's hull was already constructed in 1944. It was abandoned by the Germans on a slipway in Szczecin, and seized by Poland. Following this the hull was completed and the ship launched as Oliwa. Later she was renamed and entered service in 1951 as Marchlewski, serving the Polish Ocean Lines.[4] Many sources incorrectly state that Oliwa was Sołdek's makeshift name during her launch, and that she was later relaunched again as Sołdek.

The ship is currently preserved as a museum ship in Gdańsk, as a part of National Maritime Museum collection.[5]

The ship was used in the film Persona Non Grata as a Japanese steamer transporting Jews from Vladivostok to Tsuraga.

Other B30 ships[edit]


  • Sołdek (shipyard number B30/1)
  • Jedność Robotnicza (B30/2)
  • Brygada Makowskiego (B30/3)
  • 1 Maj (B30/4) (sold to the USSR as Pervomaysk)
  • Pstrowski (B30/5)
  • Wieczorek (B30/6)

Built for the USSR[edit]

  1. (B30/7) - Zaporozhe
  2. (B30/8) - Krivoy Rog
  3. (B30/9) - Kramatorsk
  4. (B30/10) - Makeevka
  5. (B30/11) - Gorlovka
  6. (B30/12) - Novo- Shahtinsk
  7. (B30/13) - Solikamsk
  8. (B30/14) - Kurgan
  9. (B30/15) - Zlatoust
  10. (B30/16) - Minusinsk
  11. (B30/17) - Pavlodar
  12. (B30/18) - Jenakiyevo
  13. (B30/19) - Nikitovka
  14. (B30/20) - Novocherkassk
  15. (B30/21) - Volnovacha
  16. (B30/22) - Vitegra
  17. (B30/23) - Tovda
  18. (B30/24) - Kalar
  19. (B30/25) - Azovstal
  20. (B30/26) - Tkvarcheli
  21. (B30/27) - Zangenzur
  22. (B30/28) - Malaia Zemlia
  23. (B30/29) - Pereyeslav Khmielnitsky

A number of B-30 ships saw service for the Soviet Navy, as auxiliary vessels (e. g. transports), including the "Tovda" and the "Vitegra". Corresponding data (including side plan) can be found i. a. in Weyer's Flottentaschenbuch 1971/72.


  1. ^ "SOLDEK". Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ "History of the ship". Polish Maritime Museum. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  3. ^ Strefa Historii (Polish)
  4. ^ Fleet of Polish Ocean Lines: Marchlewski
  5. ^ "SS Sołdek". Polish Maritime Museum. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2012.

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