Zawisza Czarny (ship)

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A recent picture of Zawisza Czarny captured when leaving the harbour at Gdynia
Name: Zawisza Czarny
Owner: Polish Scouting and Guiding Association, ZHP
Builder: Remontowa Shipbuilding SA, Gdańsk
Launched: 1952
Renamed: Cietrzew
General characteristics
Class & type: Sailing Yacht
Tonnage: 164 GRT
Length: 42.70 m (140 ft 1 in)
Beam: 6.70 m (22 ft 0 in)
Draught: 4.60 m (15 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 439 m2 (4,730 sq ft) Sail and 390 hp (290 kW) Krups diesel engine
Sail plan: staysail schooner
Complement: Up to 46

Zawisza Czarny is the name of two Polish sailing-ships owned by the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association, ZHP.


Zawsisza Czarny used to be a fishing vessel. After that use it was rebuilt to become a sailing vessel. Three masts were fitted on it and the motor that was built in was an old motor from a U-boat.


One of the most interesting sailing voyages is certainly its trip to Cape Horn.

Remarkable are also the sailing trips during which half of the crew consisted of blind people.

Current use[edit]

It is now owned by the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association, ZHP and its home harbor is Gdynia.


The rig is one of a very rare kind. The three masts are rigged as a wishbone ketch. Only a few sailing vessels are using it today and it is mainly seen on smaller units.

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Coordinates: 54°40′42″N 18°34′06″E / 54.67833°N 18.56833°E / 54.67833; 18.56833