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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: AG Vulcan Stettin22 Mar 2021 
Facility: Howaldtswerke Kiel9 Nov 2020 
Facility: H. C. Stülcken Sohn26 Oct 2020 
Facility: Reiherstieg-Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik5 Oct 2020 
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 
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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.

» 12 Nov 1936: The keel of Pinguin was laid down at the Deschimag shipyard in Bremen, Germany.

» 24 Apr 1923: The name AEG-Deutsche Werft AG was officially entered in the Commercial Register of Berlin-Mitte in Germany.

» 5 Jan 1929: Major worker strikes ended at Atlas Werke AG in Bremen, Germany; nevertheless, several contracts were lost to foreign competitors.

» 17 Jan 1945: H. C. Stülcken Sohn shipyard in Hamburg, Germany was heavily damaged by Allied bombing.

» 30 Sep 1841: Franz Tecklenborg, Johann Simon Abegg, and Peter Ulrichs purchased 29,000 square meters of land on the north shore of the Geestemünde 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.

» 29 Jan 1895: Bremer Vulkan of Germany purchased an additional 100,000 square meters of land for building four slips.





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