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Historical figure from Gdańsk- a captain

I would like to share with you with an interesting legend about Gdańsk historical figure……a captain….

THE CAPITAIN’S SOUL

A LONG TIME AGO THERE WAS A CAPTAIN IN GDAŃSK WHO WAS  VERY UNLUCKY : ONCE HIS SHIP WAS DESTROYED BY THE STORM ,THEN HIS STORAGE WAS ROBBED , FINALLY  HIS FIANCEE LEFT HIM.TIRED OF ALL THESE FAILURES HE SAT BY THE RIVER AND  SIGHED HEAVILY :

– MAY EVEN  DEVIL COME AND BRING ME LUCK .

WHEREAS THE DEVIL DIDN’T NEED TO BE ASKED TWICE .SOMETHING SHOOK, FLASHED AND THE HELL’S INHABITANT STOOD UP IN FRONT OF THE CAPTAIN . HE TOOK OFF HIS HAT ,BOWED AND ASKED THE CAPTAIN KINDLY

– WERE YOU CALLING ME?

-ME?-ASKED THE SUPRISED MAN .HE DASHED OFF AND ADDED .

-I THINK SO .

– WHAT IS TROUBLING YOU SO MUCH ? MAYBE WE CAN SOLVE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS TOGETHER .

THERE WAS NOBODY AROUND AND THE CAPTAIN SHARED ALL HIS WORRIES  WITH THE DEVIL.THE DEVIL LISTENED TO HIM PATIENTLY AND SMILED BROADLY .

-I CAN MAKE THAT YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFULL ALL THE TIME SINCE NOW BUT  I WANT YOUR SOUL INSTEAD

THE CAPITAIN DIDN’T HASITATE FOR A LONG TIME .HE COULDN’T BARE LIVING IN TROUBLES ANY MORE . IT WAS BETTER FOR HIM TO SUFFER FROM THE WORST HELL ‘ S TORTURES .

-I AGREE BUT THERE IS  ONLY ONE CONDITION  .

– WHAT IS THAT CONDITION ?-ASKED THE DEVIL WHO WAS HOLDING A READY TO SIGN CONTRACT .

– YOU WILL FULFIL  MY LAST DREAM BEFORE MY DEATH -REPLIED THE CAPTAIN AS HE HOPED TO MAKE SOMETHING UP AND TO AVOID CARRYING OUT A CONTRACT .

– WITH GREAT PLEASURE

SO , THE CAPTAIN SIGNED A PACT WITH THE DEVIL AND SINCE THEN HE WAS ALWAYS IN LUCK .

WHEN HE PUT OUT TO SEA HE ALWAYS HAD  FAVOURABLE WINDS, HIS CARGO WAS ALWAYS SAFE AND HE EARNED PRETTY GOOD MONEY AND BECAME A FATHER .SO ,YEAR AFTER YEAR WENT HAPPILY  BY . BUT THE TIME WAS PASSING FASTER THAN HE HAD EXPECTED .IT WAS THE MOMENT WHEN THE CAPTAN’ S LIFE CAME TO AN END , THE DEVIL TURNED UP AND BOWED.

-LISTEN CAPTAIN ,OUR CONTRACT IS FINISHING .YOU’LL DIE SOON .IT’S HIGH TIME YOU TOLD ME YOUR LAST WISH .

THE MAN DIDN’T  HURRY TO HELL THAT’S  WHY HE DECIDED TO NEGOTIATE NOT ONLY SOME DAYS OF LIFE BUT ALSO HIS OWN SOUL . HE REPLIED PIECEFULLY :

– IF I HAVE SIGNED THE PACT WITH YOU , THERE IS NO DOUBT I WILL KEEP MY WORD .NEVERTHELESS , COME TOMORROW  AND I WILL TELL MY WISH .

ONE DAY DIDN’T MAKE ANY DIFFRENCE FOR THE DEVIL SO HE AGREED AND DISAPPEARED . IN THE MEANWHILE THE CAPTAN HURRIED TO HIS FRIEND WHO HE HAD ALWAYS SHARED HIS WORRIES AND HAPPINESS WITH . THAT FRIEND LISTENED TO THE CAPTAN’S STORIES AND NODDED :

– WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE ?

-ASK THE OLD NICK TO GIVE YOU THE FASTEST WIND AND SAIL OUT UNDER FULL SAIL .WHEN THE SHIP SPEEDS UP DROP ANCHOR ON A CHAIN WHICH MUST BY LONGER THAN 200 METRES .WAIT UNTIL THE CREW HAVE ONLY TWO LINKS OF THE CHAIN   IN  THEIR HANDS AND ASK THE OLD NICK TO STOP THE SHIP . IF HE MANAGES TO DO THAT YOU WILL FAIL .BUT I THINK HE WON’T .

THE  CAPTAN  THANKED THE FRIEND FOR HIS ADVICE AND FELT RELIEVED FOR A WHILE .THE NEXT DAY  TO DEVIL CAME AGAIN .

– FIRST OF ALL SET ME THE WIND FROM GDAŃSK TO NEW PORT AND SOON YOU WILL HAVE MY WISH .

THE DEVIL DID THAT AT THE MOMENT AND RUBBED HIS HANDS .HE FELT THAT THERE WOULDN’T BE ANY POSSIBILITY FOR THIS SOUL TO DISAPPEAR .SO,HE STARTED JUMPING JOYFULLY. IN THE MEANWHILE , THE WIND BEGAN TO BLOW SO STRONGLY THAT ALL THE CREW MEMBERS WERE SHOCKED .THE CAPTAIN ORDERED TO SPREAD ALL THE SAILS AND TOOK THE DEVIL ON BOARD .WHEN  THE SHIP WAS SPEEDING THE CAPTAN ORDERED TO DROP ANCHOR .WHEN THERE WERE ONLY TWO LAST LINKS OVERBOARD HE SHOUTED TO THE DEVIL :

-STOP THE SHIP!

HE RUSHED TOWARDS THE CHAIN TO GRAB THE LAST LINK AND STOP THE SHIP BUT HE WASN’T ABLE TO .THEN HE ROLLED FROM THE BOARD AND FELL INTO THE SEA . FURIOUS , HE DIDN’T MANAGE TO DRAG THIS SOUL TO  HELL ,HE STAYED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA AND HE HAS BEEN BITING THE CHAIN WITH ANGER UNTIL NOW SO AS IT  SPARKS . IT’S SOMETIMES SEEN BRIGHT FLASHES  IN THE SEA . PEOPLE SAY THEN THAT THE SEA IS ON FIRE .

GDAŃSK- THE CITY OF GHOSTS

GDAŃSK IS ONE OF THE OLDEST CITIES IN POLAND .THE FIRST WRITTEN RECORD THOUGH TO REFER TO GDAŃSK APPEARS IN 997,HOWEVER THE FIRST FISHERMEN’S SETTLEMENT WERE DATED TO THE VII -TH CENTURY.THROUGHT THE CENTURIES GDAŃSK WAS CONSIDERED TO BE THE ROYAL POLISH CITY OF GDAŃSK AS WELL AS HANSEATIC. IN THE 16-TH CENTURY GDAŃSK WAS SAID TO BE THE RICHEST CITY IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY AND PROUD CITYDWELLERS WERE ALWAYS ABLE SHOW THEIR INDEPENDENCE . A LONG  AND COMPLICATED HISTORY REFLECTED ON GDAŃSK .A GREAT NUMBER OF ANCIENT BUILDINGS MAKE GDAŃSK THE GEM  OF POMERANIA .A LOT OF CHURCHES ,TOWERS ,TENEMENT HOUSES ,GATES AND STREETS ARE ITS GREAT VALUE AND UNDENIABLY BREATHTAKING .

 

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