A name well-recognised in English literature, many people don't know that Joseph Conrad was actually born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski (1857-1924), who hailed from Berdychiv (now Ukraine) and was a merchant-marine for 20 years before first being published. However, as far as anyone can tell, Conrad had no connections with Gdynia and so this sculpture simply lays claim to his Polish nationality and the influence that his sea-faring life had on his works. That being said, this is one of only a few monuments in the world dedicated to the great man, and the only to depict his likeness. An inscription, taken from his novel Lord Jim, reads in Polish, "Nic tak nie nęci, nie rozczarowuje i nie zniewala, jak życie na morzu" ("There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than life at sea").
The monument is the work of sculptors Danuta and Zdzisław Koseda and Wawrzyniec Samp, which was unveiled in 1976, and it adds a touch of class to the pleasant concrete spit of land on which it rests.