However, Polish seafaring traditions are contained within the distance of 100 miles on average. British ones are a little bit further. Let me guess. 300?
I would say Poland's seafaring traditions have spanned the globe over the ages.
Polish ships and crews were an integral part of the Allied effort during WWII:
"Last night I asked my Chief of Staff to give me a list of all Polish warships fighting alongside the Royal Navy. I was shocked to learn how few they are because in all dispatches of naval operations and major engagements I almost always find a name of a Polish ship that distinguished itself." - Sir Dudley Pound, the British First Sea Lord who decorated several Polish sailors in 1942 for their valor.
Not only has Poland been a shipbuilding nation but Poland is still an active competitor in the global shipping sector. One such Polish company is POLSTEAM.
Unfortunately the global travels of Poland's fishing fleet only comes to light in a bad news story:
community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19960616&slug=2334875 - Polish Trawler Found Illegally Fishing Off Alaska Is Seized
And although millions of Poles were never sailors they wouldn't have made it to the Americas and elsewhere during the 20th century and prior if they had a fear of the sea and setting foot on a ship.