Gdynia is a city in Pomerania, located on Gdansk Bay, about 13 miles north-northwest of Gdansk proper. A small fishing village until about 100 years ago, Gdynia`s fortunes rose as it became a popular seaside resort and later one of the largest Polish seaports on the Baltic. Its prominence receded slightly as Gdansk (then Danzig), a larger port, was returned to full Polish rule, but a bloody crackdown on industrial workers in 1970 cemented Gdynia`s place in modern Polish history as the site of the first of the events that were credited with the rise of the Solidarity movement. A mile-long promenade connects the marina and the city center with the beach and tourist pier in Redlowo. You can learn about Gdynia`s role in Polish naval history by visiting two museum ships in the harbor: the circa 1909 frigate Dar Pomorza, and the World War II-era destroyer ORP Blyskawica (Polish for `Lightning`).
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