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Al Griffis

ww2dbaseAl Griffis was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving on a ship patrolling the Vietnamese coast during the Vietnam War. He worked on the history of German shipyards for most of his life, having collected and organized statistics, photographs, and drawings over the course of over 30 years. He joined the WW2DB team in May 2019 and immediately shared all of his research material with the team. He passed away in early 2020 and he is sorely missed by the WW2DB team. His research material will continue to be published on the website for many more months to come.

Latest Contributions

Facility: Howaldtswerke Hamburg21 Sep 2020 
Facility: Deutsche Werft Hamburg17 Aug 2020 
Facility: Tecklenborg Werft27 Jul 2020 
Facility: Deutsche Werke Gotenhafen13 Jul 2020 
Facility: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft22 Jun 2020 
Facility: Flensburger Schiffbau AG20 Nov 2019 
Facility: Nordseewerke Emden13 Nov 2019 
Facility: Deutsche Werke Kiel23 Oct 2019 
Ship: F19 Oct 2019 
Ship: F29 Oct 2019 
Ship: F39 Oct 2019 
Ship: F49 Oct 2019 
Ship: F59 Oct 2019 
Ship: F69 Oct 2019 
Ship: F79 Oct 2019 
Ship: F89 Oct 2019 
Facility: Bremer Vulkan AG4 Sep 2019 
Ship: G13 Sep 2019 
Ship: G23 Sep 2019 
Ship: G33 Sep 2019 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

Flensburger Schiffbau ship list, 1876-1879Flensburger Schiffbau ship list, 1878-1880
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Timeline Contributions

Al Griffis has also contributed 52 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 5 Apr 1877: Blohm und Voss was founded by Hermann Blohm and Ernst Voss in Hamburg, Germany as a shipyard and machinery factory. The shipyard was established on the island of Kuhwarder. Most of this land was swamp and cow pastures and would need months of work to build a firm foundation under the shipyard. The area measured 15,000 square meters with 250 meters of water frontage. There would be four slips initially with the ability to handle ships of 300 feet and they would launch into the North Elbe.

» 8 Nov 1843: Eisengiesserei & Maschinenbau-Anstalt Waltjen und Leonhard was founded in Bremen, Germany.

» 7 May 1887: The Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany purchased additional land, increasing the size of the facility to 77,546 square meters.

» 12 Dec 1913: Nordseewerke Emden Werft und Dock Aktiengesellschaft in Emden, Germany was renamed Deutsch-Luxemburgische Bergwerks- und Huttengesellschaft, Abteilung Nordseewerke.

» 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.





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