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.
|Ship: F1||9 Oct 2019|
|Ship: F2||9 Oct 2019|
|Ship: F3||9 Oct 2019|
|Ship: F4||9 Oct 2019|
|Ship: F5||9 Oct 2019|
|Ship: F6||9 Oct 2019|
|Ship: F7||9 Oct 2019|
|Ship: F8||9 Oct 2019|
|Facility: Bremer Vulkan AG||4 Sep 2019|
|Ship: G1||3 Sep 2019|
|Ship: G2||3 Sep 2019|
|Ship: G3||3 Sep 2019|
|Ship: G4||3 Sep 2019|
|Ship: Kurmark||3 Sep 2019|
|Facility: Rickmers||14 Aug 2019|
|Facility: Elsflether Werft AG||31 Jul 2019|
|Facility: Deutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG||17 Jul 2019|
|Facility: Atlas Werke AG||3 Jul 2019|
|Facility: Blohm und Voss||19 Jun 2019|
Timeline ContributionsAl 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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