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Michniewicz Zygmunt. Terminally ill and looking to contact old friends and colleagues.


txgal 1 | 1
15 Aug 2010 #1
I am trying to locate friends from 1973-74 that worked for Polish Ocean Lines on the ship named the Sienkiewicz. I am terminally ill and would like to find them as I have such good memories of them all. They used to come to the Houston, Texas area. I have searched off and on for many years. I would especially like to find Michniewicz Zymont or Zygmount

who they called Tata. If anyone has any suggestions on where to start please let me know.

Thank you!

Trudy

txgal
skysoulmate 14 | 1,297
15 Aug 2010 #2
Trudy,

Tata means dad so they must have been related or were poking fun at each other. I hope you'll find your friends.

Don't know what kind of illness you have and don't know whether you're religious or not, what brings you hope and what brings you joy. I will keep you in my thoughts and my prayers to give you strength and hope. Please check your PM - private message.
michal_857 2 | 17
15 Aug 2010 #3
Hi,
If he was a polish sailor His name was Zygmunt. As you mentioned, he was sailing on 'Sienkiewicz' ship click
pol.com.pl/?sub=3&sub2=s&statek=467
so probably you should write to the Polish Oceanic Lines at pol@pol.com.pl

~Michael
OP txgal 1 | 1
1 Dec 2010 #4
Yes, they called him Tata as they looked at him as a father figure. I emailed P.O.L. and they said it had been too long and had no records of where he went after he left that job. He was the only one I had a last name for and you are correct that he spelled it Zygmunt as I found the paper he wrote it on after all these years. I have a few old photos is all and would love to find him and the others.

I am doing a bit better and have had 2 surgeries since my post and one more this month. I so want to find them.
Thank you for the responses and bless you.

Trudy
Olaf 6 | 956
1 Dec 2010 #5
Hi Trudy,

There is no certainity in this, as the name Zygmunt Michniewicz is not very rare, so more than one man in Poland can have it. I found these obituaries for this name, resident of Warsaw and/or £ódź:

Maybe it'll be useful...
Do you know if he worked as a ship inspector etc.?
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Dec 2010 #6
I found these obituaries for this name, resident of Warsaw and/or £ódź:

It's for the same person, 80 years of age.
zetigrek
1 Dec 2010 #7
Hi Trudy, I have an idea.

In Poland there is a popular social network named nasza-klasa. It's something like facebook but also popular among elders (not only youth). I did not find anyone registered with name Zygmunt Michniewicz. Michniewicz is popular surname so if you don't know place where he used to live in Poland it would be hard to find any relatives.

But I found this: nk.pl/profile/5669292

It's a profile called Michniewicz family and every stranger who carry proud surname of Michniewicz can add himself to this community. If I were you I would try to post some announcement about looking for that person or write to owner of that profile with request of sending such announcement to each user etc. Or maybe start a chain message with request of sending it to anybody who can know such person...
Olaf 6 | 956
1 Dec 2010 #8
same person

Oh, right, I wasn't sure then.
talli
1 Dec 2010 #9
There is no certainity in this, as the name Zygmunt Michniewicz is not very rare, so more than one man in Poland can have it. I found these obituaries for this name, resident of Warsaw and/or £ódź

Hey that was lovely to find these for the person seeking her memories from many years ago. It is nice to see that humanity is still out there.
Olaf 6 | 956
1 Dec 2010 #10
So no response is better? I think a response, truthful preferably, is better than nothing. I did a search for him/her and what could be find from it was obituary. Should I just leave it then? When I get more information (if he was a shiop inspector) I will search deeper too. If I was looking for someone I'd like to know. Where's my lack of humanity here?
frd 7 | 1,399
1 Dec 2010 #11
Where's my lack of humanity here?

What lack of humanity, somebody's praising you, what are you on about ; o
Olaf 6 | 956
1 Dec 2010 #12
Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but I sensed sarcasm there. Maybe I visit PF too much:D and it truely was sincere ;)
talli
1 Dec 2010 #13
Where's my lack of humanity here?

Oh no I thought that it was nice that you had taken the time to search for this and help this person find some kind of conclusion.

Not everyone on this forum is all messed up, their are some sane and decent people.
Olaf 6 | 956
1 Dec 2010 #14
Ohhhh... OK, great, I am happy again :).
convex 20 | 3,978
1 Dec 2010 #15
Does anyone know if crew lived in a particular city, or did they live all over Poland? That might narrow things down a bit.

Found a message board for enthusiasts at shiplovers.pl apparently lots of mariners post there as well. Maybe they could help out?

Are there any international mariners association or something like that?
zetigrek
1 Dec 2010 #16
I even found a pic of that ship: digitalphoto.pl/zdjecia/3446/

:)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
1 Dec 2010 #17
it's this ship, zeti: shipsandharbours.com/picture/number5969.asp

there were at least two with the same name.
jonni 16 | 2,485
1 Dec 2010 #18
Is there a Polish equivalent of the Seamens' Union, who might keep track of retired members?
Trevek 26 | 1,702
1 Dec 2010 #19
Assuming the ship docked in US and these guys went ashore, might immigration or harbour control have any info?
Olaf 6 | 956
3 Jan 2011 #20
I am sorry, but I found nothing more than above from Polish Ocean Lines about Zygmunt Michniewicz. It took some time, but I was hoping my acquaintance who worked there when it still existed could know more. Anyway he didn't get any leads on Z. Michniewicz...


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