Gigantic words “100 AGH” made on sea by sail training ship Pogoria

AGH UST crew

Screen of navigation computer on STS Pogoria

GPS trace on map

On the night of 20th to 21st February 2019, STS Pogoria covered a route in the shape of the words “100 AGH” (English: 100 years of AGH UST) on the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The phrase could be seen thanks to the records of GPS signals. The trace observed by satellites was 4 nautical miles in length and 1 nautical mile in width.  

The initiative was an idea of AGH UST employees, students and graduates, who are currently taking part in the “Cruise for 100 years of AGH UST” on board of Pogoria within the framework of jubilee celebrations. During the yesterday’s part of the journey, the crew suggested to captain Anna Kiełbik-Piwońska that the barquentine “write” on water the words “100 AGH” on the occasion of the jubilee of their Alma Mater.  

The permanent crew agreed to take up this difficult challenge, and that was how the gigantic sign, visible thanks to GPS signals, came into being. The distance covered by Pogoria in order to create the sign was 10 nautical miles, which was possible thanks to precise manoeuvring performed by the chief engineer of the ship. 

The journey of the AGH UST crew began the previous Saturday. So far, the sailing ship has covered a route that encompassed the harbours in Loano, Porto Venere, Portoferraio, and Civitavecchia. Currently (as of the morning on 21st February 2019), Pogoria is sailing towards Porto Ercole. 

The organiser of the cruise on the side of the Krakow’s university is the Special Interest Group of Metals Engineers at the Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science and its supervisor Grzegorz Michta, DSc. All members of the expedition take active part in the life of the sailing ship. The crew is divided into four watches, each working under the supervision of an experienced officer. 

The journey will finish on 23rd February 2019. 

The GPS trace on a map can be seen on the website: http://bit.ly/100-AGH