Lübecker Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG

Type   233 Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Coordinates   53.880000000, 10.688694000


ww2dbaseIn 1837, entrepreneur Karl Martin Ludwig Schetelig, son of a clockmaker, was authorized by the city council of Lübeck, Germany to start a machine shop. Three years later, his firm began building and repairing boilers on ocean-going steamships. It was interesting to note that around this time Hermann Blohm, later the founder of the Blohm und Voss shipyard and machinery maker, began his engineering career under Schetelig. In 1845, Schetelig partnered with architect and businessman Georg Heinrich Kollmann to expand his operations, forming Maschinenfabrik und Eisengießerei Kollmann & Schetelig OHG. In 1873, Kollmann & Schetelig merged into a well-funded new company, Lübecker Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft, building a wide array of products, including dredgers, tugboats, ferry boats, and excavators. In the spring of 1918, the firm launched its first ocean-going ship, followed by the construction of two torpedo boat destroyers, which would not be completed due to the German defeat at the end of WW1. The company's shipyard operation expanded after WW1. In the 1920s and the 1930s, a number of ferries, tugboats, floating cranes, freighters, and passenger ships were launched. Starting in Sep 1939 and into the 1940s, during WW2, the German Navy contracted the company, now known as Lübecker Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG, to build M-class minesweepers. After the war, the company remained in operations. In 1950, it was reorganized as the Orenstein-Koppel and Lübecker Maschinenbau AG. In the 1970s, it expanded into the building of tankers. In 1993, it was taken over by Krupp, and the name was changed to Krupp Fördertechnik GmbH. In 2000, shipyard was sold to a group of Hamburg investors, and it was subsequently renamed Lübecker Maschinenbau Gesellschaft. The dredgers division was sold to a Dutch company and was renamed VOSTA LMG B. V. In 2007, the company was reorganized as LMG Anlagenbau GmbH. Shipbuilding operations ceased in Jul 2010 while it focused its now limited industrial efforts on the building of wind turbines. A number of the shipyard and factory spaces were leased to other businesses, such as the Kulturwerft Gollan event center, which opened its doors in Sep 2015.

Last Major Update: Oct 2023

Ships Constructed at Lübecker Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCommissioned
M8142719 Sep 193920 Dec 194017 Jul 1941
M8242819 Sep 193923 Mar 194117 Nov 1941
M8342919 Sep 19395 Jun 19419 Mar 1942
M8443019 Sep 19393 Sep 194118 Sep 1942
M8543119 Sep 19396 Dec 194122 Sep 1942
M334324 May 193812 Jun 19411 Apr 194215 Dec 1943
M344334 May 193810 Sep 19417 Aug 194226 Jun 1943

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Lübecker Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG Timeline

28 Jul 2010 LMG Anlagenbau GmbH announced that the company would cease its shipbuilding operations as of 31 Jul 2010.

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WW2-Era Place Name Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Lat/Long 53.8800, 10.6887
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