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Howaldtswerke Hamburg

Type   211 Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   Hamburg, Germany
Coordinates   53.522847040, 9.952086452


ww2dbaseBetween 1905 and 1907, preparatory work for a new shipyard began on the island of Ross, Steinwarder, Hamburg, German, clearing and leveling land; initially the shipyard wasto occupy an area of 226,850 square meters. In 1908, a 6,000-ton floating dry dock was delivered from Flensburg, Germany. 1909 was a busy year as the shipyard moved toward completion. First, dredging in front of the slips deepened the sea floor to 15 feet which allowed the launching of the largest of ships. Then, a steel mill was completed to produce rolling armor plate, which at the time sold for US$25 per ton. A 9,500-ton floating dry dock was delivered from was delivered from AG Vulcan Stettin (now in Szczecin, Poland). Finally, construction began on a 25,000-ton floating dry dock. The shipyard officially began operations on 21 Jun 1909 with three slips in operation. In 1910, after two years of work, a railway spur from main line now connected the shipyard with the rail system. In 1911, the headquarters of Vulcan Shipping Group moved from Stettin to Hamburg and changed the shipyard's name to Vulcan-Werke Hamburg and Stettin Actiengesellschaft. In 1930, the Hamburg shipbuilding operations were sold and renamed Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG after Vulcan's financial troubles. By the WW2-era, the shipyard occupied an area measuring 291,500 square meters, and had an average employee size of 12,000. It built 33 submarines for the German Navy, U-651 through U-683, between 1940 and 1943.

Last Major Update: Sep 2020

Ships Constructed at Howaldtswerke Hamburg

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCommissioned
B (Planned)
D (Planned)
E (Planned)
F (Planned)
U-68425 Aug 19414 Mar 1943
U-68525 Aug 19418 Mar 1943
U-686I25 Aug 194113 May 1943
U-687I2 Apr 194213 May 1943
U-6882 Apr 194212 Jul 1943
U-6892 Apr 194213 Jul 1943

* Projected dates; not actual

Howaldtswerke Hamburg Interactive Map


German light cruiser SMS Undine immediately after launching, Howaldtswerke shipyard, Kiel, Germany, 11 Dec 1902Diagram of the anchoring of the 25,000-ton floating drydock at the Vulcan shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, date unknownLaunching of a drydock at Vulcan shipyard, Hamburg, Germany, date unknownOcean liner Imperator under construction, Vulcan shipyard, Hamburg, Germany, 1910-1911
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Map of Steinwerder, Hamburg, Germany, 1905; note location of Blohm und Voss and Vulcan-Werke (later Howaldtswerke) facilitiesPlan of Vulcan shipyard (later Howaldtswerke), Hamburg, Germany, date unknownPlan of Vulcan shipyard (later Howaldtswerke), Hamburg, Germany, 1919

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Lat/Long 53.5228, 9.9521
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German light cruiser SMS Undine immediately after launching, Howaldtswerke shipyard, Kiel, Germany, 11 Dec 1902
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