Władysław Wagner

Polish sailor born in 1912 in Krzyżowa Wola, nowadays a district of Starachowice. When he was 15, he moved to Gdynia with his parents. Two years later he finished sailor training, even though his adventure with water had begun yet in Lubianka river at his place of birth.

When he found an old shipwrecked cutter in 1931, he came up with an idea of circumnavigating the world. Together with friends from his scout team he completely renovated the yacht and named it “Zjawa”. A year later it was ready to sail.

A holiday voyage across the Baltic Sea started on 8 July 1932. However, at that time nobody thought that it would be a beginning of a historical voyage.

On 4 July 1939, after 6 years and 6 months, Władysław Wagner circumnavigated the world. During the World War 2 he served in the navy and after that, he took up fishing, later busying himself with shipbuilding in Puerto Rico. He never came back to Gdynia, at first because of the war and later because of the communist regime in Poland. He died on 15 September 1992 on Florida, where he lived in the last years of his life.