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

Ship: N11 Dec 2023 
Facility: Kriegsmarinewerft20 Nov 2023 
Facility: L├╝becker Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG30 Oct 2023 
Facility: L├╝becker Flenderwerke AG23 Oct 2023 
Facility: Lindenau GmbH Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik16 Oct 2023 
Ship: M11 Sep 2023 
Ship: L21 Aug 2023 
Ship: K17 Jul 2023 
Facility: F. Schichau Pillau3 Oct 2022 
Facility: F. Schichau K├Ânigsburg26 Sep 2022 
Facility: F. Schichau Danzig19 Sep 2022 
Facility: F. Schichau Elbing12 Sep 2022 
Facility: Oderwerke AG2 Aug 2021 
Facility: AG Vulcan Stettin22 Mar 2021 
Facility: Howaldtswerke Kiel9 Nov 2020 
Facility: H. C. St├╝lcken Sohn26 Oct 2020 
Facility: Reiherstieg-Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik5 Oct 2020 
Facility: Howaldtswerke Hamburg21 Sep 2020 
Facility: Deutsche Werft Hamburg17 Aug 2020 
Facility: Joh. C. Tecklenborg Schiffswerft- und Maschinenfabrik AG27 Jul 2020 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

A warship near completion in the horizontal slip at F. Schichau Danzig shipyard, Danzig, 1874; the shipyard stopped using this slip sometime after WW1A building of Howaldtswerke shipyard, Kiel, Germany, 1877View of Howaldtswerke Kiel shipyard, Kiel, Germany, circa 1880sView of Howaldtswerke shipyard, Kiel, Germany, circa 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.

» 30 Oct 1911: The Bremen, Germany-based firm Norddeutschen Maschinen- und Armaturenfabrik GmbH was transformed into the shipbuilder Atlas Werke AG.

» 1 Oct 1899: Work began to modernize Germaniawerft in Kiel, Germany.

» 1 Oct 1928: Major worker strikes began at Atlas Werke AG in Bremen, Germany.

» 18 May 1856: Heloglander Rickmer Classen Rickmers signed a contract for a site 65,000 square meters in size at Geesthelle, Bremerhaven, Germany to expand operations.

» 10 May 1879: The Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany launched its first ship, freighter Castle.

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

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