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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

Ship: N11 Dec 2023 
Facility: Kriegsmarinewerft20 Nov 2023 
Facility: L├╝becker Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG30 Oct 2023 
Facility: L├╝becker Flenderwerke AG23 Oct 2023 
Facility: Lindenau GmbH Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik16 Oct 2023 
Ship: M11 Sep 2023 
Ship: L21 Aug 2023 
Ship: K17 Jul 2023 
Facility: F. Schichau Pillau3 Oct 2022 
Facility: F. Schichau K├Ânigsburg26 Sep 2022 
Facility: F. Schichau Danzig19 Sep 2022 
Facility: F. Schichau Elbing12 Sep 2022 
Facility: Oderwerke AG2 Aug 2021 
Facility: AG Vulcan Stettin22 Mar 2021 
Facility: Howaldtswerke Kiel9 Nov 2020 
Facility: H. C. St├╝lcken Sohn26 Oct 2020 
Facility: Reiherstieg-Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik5 Oct 2020 
Facility: Howaldtswerke Hamburg21 Sep 2020 
Facility: Deutsche Werft Hamburg17 Aug 2020 
Facility: Joh. C. Tecklenborg Schiffswerft- und Maschinenfabrik AG27 Jul 2020 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

A warship near completion in the horizontal slip at F. Schichau Danzig shipyard, Danzig, 1874; the shipyard stopped using this slip sometime after WW1A building of Howaldtswerke shipyard, Kiel, Germany, 1877
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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.

» 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.

» 30 Sep 1841: Franz Tecklenborg, Johann Simon Abegg, and Peter Ulrichs purchased 29,000 square meters of land on the north shore of the Geestem├╝nde in Bremerhaven, Germany, next to Rickmers shipyard, for their shipbuilding company Abegg & Co. The company was given permission to build slips for ships not exceeding 150 tons.

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

» 7 Oct 1936: The keel of Komet was laid down at the Deschimag shipyard in Bremen, Germany.

» 20 Jan 1845: Franz and Johann Tecklenborg renamed Abegg & Co of Bremerhaven, Germany to Johann C. Tecklenborg Werft. Joann was made the technical director and Franz the owner.

» 23 Dec 1852: Tecklenborg Werft and the Royal Hanoverian government signed a 99-year lease for the construction of a double dry dock on the south bank of the Geeste in Bremerhaven, Germany.

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