Oderwerke AG file photo [31129]

Oderwerke AG

Type   216 Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   Stettin, Pommern, Germany
Coordinates   53.479042000, 14.609111000


ww2dbaseIn 1837, the forebearer of what came to be known as the Moller and Helberg iron foundry was established in Stettin, Germany. In 1867, it established the shipbuilding firm Norddeutsche Schiffbau-gesellschaft. In 1872, the company purchased about 8 acres of land in Stettin on the Oder River near Grabow to expand their mechanical engineering and iron foundry business, and purchased about 12 acres of land further upstream to build a boiler factory. In 1889, it purchased the engineering and shipbuilding firm Aron & Gollnow, which was located between the two purchases in 1872. In 1894, it was purchased by the Oderwerke Maschinenfabrik & Schiffsbauwerft AG, which would reorganize the operation under Oderwerke AG in 1930. As a firm dedicated to shipbuilding, it was known for for building small river boats, pleasure boats, tugs, and maritime dredges for use on the Elbe and Oder Rivers. Additionally, it built small vessels for use between Stettin and Ostpreu├čen (English: East Prussia). There are a total of 10 slips each capable of building a 5,000-ton vessel. The number of floating dry docks varies depending of the year. In 1903 there was one with a 3,000-ton capacity, 2 sections each 40 meters in length and 16 meters wide. In 1930, Oderwerke reached a peak of 3,600 employees and 126,466 square meters of total shipyard area, of which 23,496 were factories and employee housing. During WW2, Oderweke built two Type VII submarines, U-821 and U-822, and numerous minesweepers for the German Navy. After the war, Stettin was transferred to Poland, and the Oderwerke relocated first to L├╝beck in 1949 than to K├Âln (English: Cologne) in 1950. In 1961, it declared bankruptcy.

Last Major Update: Aug 2021

Ships Constructed at Oderwerke AG

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCommissioned
Greif7911 Aug 1937
M15182919 Sep 1939
M15283019 Sep 1939
M15383119 Sep 1939
M15483219 Sep 1939
M15583319 Sep 1939
M15683419 Sep 1939
M478722 Nov 193515 Aug 193616 Oct 19378 Nov 1938
M578822 Nov 193531 Aug 193616 Oct 193710 Jan 1939
M678922 Nov 193531 Dec 19368 Jan 19381 Jun 1939
M117981 Sep 193615 Jan 193823 Aug 19381 Aug 1939
M178033 Mar 19376 Sep 193829 Jul 193917 Jan 1940
M188043 Mar 19376 Sep 193816 Sep 193919 Mar 1940
M198053 Mar 19373 Oct 193828 Oct 19398 May 1940
M298134 May 19382 Oct 193918 May 194014 Sep 1940
M308144 May 193816 Oct 19391 Jun 194031 Oct 1940
M318154 May 19381 Nov 193913 Jul 194019 Dec 1940
M328164 May 193815 Nov 193931 Aug 19408 Mar 1941
M3228361 Nov 194031 May 19416 Dec 1941
M3238371 Jan 19419 Aug 194111 Jun 1942
M3248381 Mar 194120 Sep 194128 Nov 1942
M3218351 Sep 194129 May 194119 Sep 1941
U-821II20 Jan 19412 Oct 194126 Jun 194311 Oct 1943
U-822III20 Jan 194129 Oct 194120 Feb 19441 Jul 1944
M3258391 May 194231 Oct 194218 Jun 1943
M3268401 Jul 194230 Jan 194323 Oct 1943
M3278411 Dec 194212 Jun 19434 Mar 1944
M3288421 Jan 194312 Jun 194318 Aug 1944

Slip/Drydock Utilization

[Con]: Construction; [FO]: Fitting Out

Oderwerke AG Interactive Map


Drydock at Oderwerke AG, Stettin, Germany, circa 1930Aerial photo of Oderwerke facilities at Stettin, Germany, 1930s; note floating drydock and two ships under construction in slipsOderwerke facilities at Stettin, Germany, 1930s; note floating drydockLaunching ceremony at Oderwerke AG, Stettin, Germany, circa 1930s
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Plan of Oderwerke AG, Stettin, Germany, circa 1930s

Oderwerke AG Timeline

28 Jan 1903 Oderwerke Maschinenfabrik & Schiffsbauwerft AG reorganized its previous acquisitions in Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland) as Oderwerke AG, a new company focused on building small vessels.
6 Sep 1938 The keel of M18 was laid down by OderWerke in Stettin, Pommern, Germany.
16 Sep 1939 M18 was launched by OderWerke in Stettin, Pommern, Germany.
2 Oct 1941 The keel of U-821 was laid down by Oderwerke in Stettin, Germany.Pommern,
29 Oct 1941 The keel of U-822 was laid down by Oderwerke in Stettin, Germany.
26 Jun 1943 U-821 was launched by Oderwerke in Stettin, Germany.
20 Feb 1944 U-822 was launched by Oderwerke in Stettin, Germany.

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