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F. Schichau Königsburg

Type   236 Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   Königsburg, Ostpreußen, Germany
Coordinates   54.690106000, 20.428389000


ww2dbaseIn 1867, the Norddeutsche Schiffbaugesellschaft company began shipbuilding operations in Königsburg, Ostpreußen (English: East Prussia; later in the united Germany, and now Kaliningrad, Russia). Through 1878, the company built approximately two ships each year, which was not nearly enough income to keep the company solvent, and thus it filed for bankruptcy in 1879. Failing to find a suitable buyer, most of the employees were laid off by 1881, although it did build two ships between 1879 and 1881. In 1882, the company restructured and renamed itself Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG; under this entity, five ships were constructed within the first year of operations. Between 1883 and 1895, 29 ships were constructed. In 1896, Friedrich Krupp signed a 25-year lease on the property which became Friedrich Krupp Aktiengesellschaft Germaniawerft. After Friedrich Krupp's lease ended, the shipyard was known as the Union-Giesserei. In 1930, the shipyard was purchased by the firm F. Schichau. At this time, the shipyard occupied 175,685 square meter of land. For the German war effort, F. Schichau Königsburg built Hans Albrecht Wedel-class seaplane tenders, M-class minesweepers, and other ships. At the end of the war, F. Schichau abandoned the shipyard as Soviet forces approached, relocating to Bremerhaven, Germany where the F. Schichau name would live on until 2009 when it was acquired by Schichau Seebeckwerft. Meanwhile, at the end of the war, Königsburg was taken over by the Soviet Union and was renamed Kaliningrad. The facilities formerly of F. Schichau Königsburg remained in operation under Russian ownership. During the Cold War era, the shipyard changed name and ownership several times. At the time of this writing in 2022, the shipyard remains active as the Yantar Shipyard, which is managed by the state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Last Major Update: Sep 2022

Ships Constructed at F. Schichau Königsburg

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCommissioned
Bussard1 May 1942
M801 (Planned)
M802 (Planned)
M803 (Planned)
M804 (Planned)
M805 (Planned)
M806 (Planned)
M807 (Planned)
M808 (Planned)
M809 (Planned)
M810 (Planned)
M811 (Planned)
M812 (Planned)
M813 (Planned)
M814 (Planned)
M815 (Planned)
M816 (Planned)
Hans Albrecht Wedel14522 Sep 194022 Sep 1941
Richthofen152626 Sep 19421 May 1943
M3514374 May 193813 Apr 19409 Nov 19406 Sep 1941
M3614384 May 193830 Apr 194021 Dec 19402 Jan 1942
Hermann Köhl152719 Mar 1942

* Projected dates; not actual

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F. Schichau Königsburg Timeline

2 Sep 1940 Seaplane tender Hans Albrecht Wedel was launched at the F. Schichau yard in Königsburg, Germany.
22 Sep 1941 Seaplane tender Hans Albrecht Wedel was completed at the F. Schichau yard in Königsburg, Germany.
19 Mar 1942 The keel of seaplane tender Hermann Köhl was laid down by the F. Schichau yard in Königsburg, Germany.
26 Sep 1942 Seaplane tender Richthofen was launched at the F. Schichau yard in Königsburg, Germany.


Plans for the shipyard that would later come to be known as F. Schichau Königsburg, Ostpreußen, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia), date unknownMap of Königsburg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia), date unknown; note location of F. Schichau Königsburg at left edge

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Andy Alther says:
26 Sep 2022 02:34:58 AM

The correct name of the location until 1946 is Königsberg, now Kaliningrad

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