Name the new Floating Bridge Blyskawica after the warship that saved East and West Cowes
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Our new "floaty" needs a name, and what could be more fitting than to name her after the ship that saved the towns she serves? This year marks the 75th Anniversary since the Polish, Cowes built warship saved Cowes and East Cowes. The 5th of May is probably the last big anniversary the remaining survivors will see.
On the night of 4–5 May 1942, Błyskawica was instrumental in defending the Isle of Wight town of Cowes from an air raid by 160 German bombers. The ship was undergoing an emergency refit at the J. Samuel White yard where she was built and, on the night of the raid, fired repeated rounds at the German bombers from outside the harbour, her guns becoming so hot they had to be doused with water. Extra ammunition had to be ferried over from Portsmouth. This forced the bombers to stay high, making it hard for them to target properly. The ship also laid down a smokescreen hiding Cowes from sight. While the town and the shipyard were badly damaged, it is generally thought that without this defensive action, it would have been far worse.
We the undersigned call upon the Isle of Wight Council to name the new Floating Bridge, due to be launched within weeks of the 75th Anniversary, Blyskawica as a fitting tribute to the sacrifices and bravery of the sailors that defended our Island.
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