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H. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard file photo [29972]

H. C. Stülcken Sohn

Type   Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   Hamburg, Germany


ww2dbaseIn 1833, Johann Hinrich Friedrich Stülcken started working as a shipwright at various locations in and around Hamburg and Altona, Germany. In 1846, Stülckenwerft was founded in the Steinwerder area of Hamburg, on the Norderelbe, one of the two big anabranches of the Unterelbe River. Stülcken's son, Henry Christopher Stülcken, rented land next to his father's and began building sailing ships. In 1853, Stülckenwerft launched its first ship, the bark Hermann. In 1858, it completed the first floating dry dock built by any shipyard in Hamburg. By 1868, it had two large slips, two small slips and one dry dock measuring 67.4 meters by 19.5 meters. In 1876, Stülckenwerft switched from wood to iron for all new ship construction. In 1884, the shipyard began its first major expansion. At the start of WW1 in 1914, it was building trawlers and various ships for the German Navy in support of the war effort. In 1939, its long-planned second major expansion and modernization was approved and funded; the German Navy provided 7 million Marks of the estimated cost of 21 million Marks. Work on the 230-meter cable crane system (CCS) began in Feb 1940 and would last until Nov 1942. The four slips supported by the CCS were also upgraded (Slip III Mar-Jul 1940, Slip IV May-Dec 1940, Slip I Jun-Nov 1940, and Slip II Jul-Oct 1940). In 1943, it was selected to build a new class of multi-purpose patrol boats; a total of four boats was initially planned and the first one was completed, but the other three were not advanced very far by the time hostilities ceased in May 1945. In the summer of 1944, most of the slips were damaged by Allied aerial bombing. Stülcken ceased operations after it sustained heavy damage during the 17 Jan 1945 and 11 Mar 1945 bombings.

Last Major Update: Oct 2020

Ships Constructed at H. C. Stülcken Sohn

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCompleted
G4 (Planned)792
Falke29 Jul 194022 Nov 1942
M171022 Nov 19359 Jul 19365 Mar 193731 Aug 1938
M271122 Nov 193515 Jul 193620 May 193715 Mar 1939
M371222 Nov 19356 Nov 193628 Sep 19378 Dec 1938
M107181 Sep 193626 Oct 19379 Aug 193824 May 1939
Hela19 Jun 193623 Nov 193729 Dec 193816 Oct 1940
M137273 Mar 19376 Mar 193816 Jan 19397 Sep 1939
M147283 Mar 19372 May 193820 Mar 19391 Dec 1939
M157293 Mar 193719 Jan 193915 Aug 193922 Feb 1940
M167303 Mar 19371 Apr 193915 Nov 19391 Jun 1940
M257414 May 193825 Sep 193919 Mar 194016 Nov 1940
M267424 May 193813 Nov 193921 May 194021 Dec 1940
M277434 May 193820 Nov 193924 Jun 194010 Feb 1941
M287444 May 193829 Dec 193930 Jul 194022 May 1941
K1 (Planned)74711 Nov 193822 Apr 1940 *23 Apr 1941 *20 May 1941 *
K2 (Planned)74811 Nov 193822 Apr 1940 *23 Apr 1941 *15 Sep 1941 *
K3 (Planned)74911 Nov 193823 Apr 1940 *24 Apr 1941 *15 Jan 1942 *
K4 (Planned)75011 Nov 193823 Apr 1940 *24 Apr 1941 *14 Feb 1942 *
G178911 Nov 193815 Nov 1942
U-908III6 Aug 19423 May 1943

* Projected dates; not actual

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H. C. Stülcken Sohn Timeline

9 Jul 1936 The keel of of M1 was laid down by Stülcken at the H. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.
5 Mar 1937 M1 was launched at the Stülcken at the H. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.
17 Jan 1945 H. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard in Hamburg, Germany was heavily damaged by Allied bombing.
11 Mar 1945 H. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard in Hamburg, Germany was heavily damaged by Allied bombing.


H. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard, date unknownH. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard, date unknown


Earliest known shipyard diagram of H. C. Stülcken Sohn of Hamburg, Germany, 1853Plan of H. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard of Hamburg, Germany, 1873; note enlarged water front
See all 4 maps of H. C. Stülcken Sohn

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WW2-Era Place Name Hamburg, Germany
Lat/Long 53.5410, 9.9709
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