photos by Paul Oswell
The shipyards are mostly deserted now, just the odd ship being built, compared to the tens that would be under construction at any one time in decades past.
The yards are of major historical importance - the first shots of World War II were fired here, and the creation of the 'Solidarity' movement under Lech Walesa precipitated the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
The huge warehouses were gutted and paint peeled from every surface, the smell of rust in the air. A small artists' colony had started up in some of the abandoned buildings, and three of them showed me around their new home.
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