Al Griffis

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.

Latest Contributions

Facility: Blohm und Voss19 Jun 2019 

Photographs/Maps Contributions

Blohm und Voss shipyard construction list, yard numbers 24 through 46, 1883-1886Blohm und Voss shipyard construction list, yard numbers 47 through 66, 1886-1889Blohm und Voss shipyard construction list, yard numbers 67 through 86, 1889-1892Blohm und Voss shipyard construction list, yard numbers 87 through 105, 1892-1894
See all 12 photographs of Al Griffis

Timeline Contributions

Al Griffis has also contributed 4 entries in the WW2 Timeline. A small sample of his timeline contributions is shown below.

» 10 May 1879: The Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany launched its first ship, freighter Castle.
» 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.
» 7 May 1887: The Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany purchased additional land, increasing the size of the facility to 77,546 square meters.
» 4 Jul 1885: Drydock No. 2 at Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany began operations.




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