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

Facility: Howaldtswerke Kiel9 Nov 2020 
Facility: H. C. Stülcken Sohn26 Oct 2020 
Facility: Reiherstieg-Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik5 Oct 2020 
Facility: Howaldtswerke Hamburg21 Sep 2020 
Facility: Deutsche Werft Hamburg17 Aug 2020 
Facility: Tecklenborg Werft27 Jul 2020 
Facility: Deutsche Werke Gotenhafen13 Jul 2020 
Facility: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft22 Jun 2020 
Facility: Flensburger Schiffbau AG20 Nov 2019 
Facility: Nordseewerke Emden13 Nov 2019 
Facility: Deutsche Werke Kiel23 Oct 2019 
Ship: F19 Oct 2019 
Ship: F29 Oct 2019 
Ship: F39 Oct 2019 
Ship: F49 Oct 2019 
Ship: F59 Oct 2019 
Ship: F69 Oct 2019 
Ship: F79 Oct 2019 
Ship: F89 Oct 2019 
Facility: Bremer Vulkan AG4 Sep 2019 
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Photographs/Maps Contributions

Flensburger Schiffbau ship list, 1876-1879Flensburger Schiffbau ship list, 1878-1880Flensburger Schiffbau ship list, 1881-1882Flensburger Schiffbau ship list, 1883
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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.

» 9 Jun 1914: The 14,167 gross registered tonnage passenger ship Zeppelin, the largest ship built to date by Bremer Vulkan of Germany, was launched.

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

» 23 Sep 1939: The construction work for slip III at Deutsche Werke Kiel AG in Germany completed.

» 24 Dec 1919: Deutsche Werke AG in Hamburg, Germany launched two 4.2K floating dry docks.

» 7 Oct 1936: The keel of Komet was laid down at the Deschimag shipyard in Bremen, Germany.

» 1 Feb 1937: The construction work for slip III at Deutsche Werke Kiel AG in Germany began.





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