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Al Griffis

ww2dbaseAl Griffis has been working on 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 2019.

ww2dbaseAl is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving on a ship patrolling the Vietnamese coast during the Vietnam War.

Latest Contributions

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 
Ship: G43 Sep 2019 
Ship: Kurmark3 Sep 2019 
Facility: Rickmers14 Aug 2019 
Facility: Elsflether Werft AG31 Jul 2019 
Facility: Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG17 Jul 2019 
Facility: Atlas Werke AG3 Jul 2019 
Facility: Blohm und Voss19 Jun 2019 

Photographs/Maps Contributions

Blohm und Voss shipyard construction list, yard numbers 24 through 46, 1883-1886Blohm und Voss shipyard construction list, yard numbers 47 through 66, 1886-1889
See all 38 photographs of Al Griffis

Timeline Contributions

Al Griffis has also contributed 29 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 28 May 1925: The former Kaiserliche Werft Kiel in Germany became the public limited company Deutsche Werke Kiel AG.
» 10 May 1879: The Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany launched its first ship, freighter Castle.
» 21 Sep 1805: The Senate of Bremen, Germany authorized Johann Lange to build a shipyard in the Vegesack district opposite side from the harbor entrance. Lange would name the shipyard after himself.
» 25 Mar 1945: An order was given to destroy the facilities of Deutsche Werke Kiel in Germany before Allied capture, but it would not be obeyed.
» 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.




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