OUR HERITAGE IS TRADITION – OUR FUTURE IS INNOVATION
For more than 140 years now, we have set new standards in shipbuilding. Innovations and the use of state-of-the-art technology helped us establish a respectable reputation around the world.
From building the first motor boat to successful racing boats or the unique JAGUAR, ALBATROS and GEPARD class Fast Patrol Boats of the German Navy: groundbreaking ideas took us from a small shipyard to a big player in the business. And with regard to the innovative approach in the F 125, one can take this literally.
Friedrich Lürßen founds the company
On 27 June, 24 years old Friedrich Lürßen opened his own boat-building workshop in Aumund near Bremen, Germany. From the start he impressed with originality and high quality execution.
Reputation with racing rowboats
Lürssen initially only builds racing rowboats for Bremen oarsmen, but orders are increasingly coming from all over Germany. Thanks to their light weight, they are very fast and place well in regattas.
World’s first motor boat – a Lürssen
Friedrich Lürßen designs and builds the world’s first motorboat. The 6-metre REMS is commissioned by Gottlieb Daimler, who needs a boat to put his new engine through its paces.
Lürssen expands to the shoreline
The Lürssen yard is expanding and now includes a site in Bremen-Vegesack. For the first time the shipyard now has direct access to the open water.
DONNERWETTER – remarkably fast
The successful racing speedboat DONNERWETTER, developed by Otto Lürßen, reaches a speed of nearly 35 knots with a 40-hp engine.
Otto Lürßen becomes a partner
Friedrich Lürßen’s only son Otto joins the firm as a partner. As a shipbuilding engineer he combines tried and trusted craftsmanship with new technical expertise, improving on past techniques.
Lürssen Racing Boat world champion
The LÜRSSEN-DAIMLER with its 102-hp engine is the sensation of the racing season. In the Mediterranean of Monaco, it wins the unofficial world championships, the Champion of the Sea.
Speedboat again world champion
The Racing Boat SAURER-LÜRSSEN, the joint project of Lürssen and the Swiss engine manufacturer Adolf Saurer, wins the Prix de Monte Carlo, considered the unofficial world championship.
Strong military interest in Remote-controlled Boats
With the outbreak of the First World War, there was increased demand for Lürssen Remote-controlled Boats armed with explosives. They had a distinctive hull shape and a range of up to 30 km.
Company founder Friedrich Lürßen dies
The company that is his life’s work has grown into a leading German boatyard, when Friedrich Lürßen dies at the age of 65.
In memory of founder: ONKEL FIDI
The Lürßen family demonstrates its ties with the element of water with their own motor yacht, measuring 17.2 metres in length. In memory of the late founder it is named ONKEL FIDI.
50th anniversary and 10,000th ship
Two milestones in one year: Lürssen builds its 10,000th vessel, a 14-metre wooden motor yacht, a sister ship of the ONKEL FIDI II. In addition, the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Customs Patrol Boat ‘Bremse’
The Bremse [German for ‘brake’] was a 29-metre-long minelaying cruiser reaching impressive speeds of up 30 knots. It was powered by a steam turbine rather than the usual combustion engines.
Modern technology for speed
The MAYBACH-DONNERWETTER, a 7.4-metre boat built for Maybach, could achive 35 knots and races successfully for several years.
Otto Lürßen dies unexpectedly
The abrupt death of 52-year old Otto Lürßen is a bitter loss for the shipyard and the entire industry. His wife, Frieda Lürßen, fills the gap and takes over the the helm.
Gert Lürßen joins the company
Gert Lürßen comes on board. In 1939, he sets an impressive world speed record in a Lürssen diesel-powered speedboat. It achieves a speed of exactly 68.2 km/h.
The battle for the seas begins
The Second World War forced Lürssen to align its production solely with the requirements of the German navy. This new class of Fast Patrol Boats had two torpedo tubes and two reserve torpedoes.
Early Fast Patrol Boats and the ‘Lürssen effect’
These Fast Patrol Boats had a ‘secret weapon’: When turning the two external rudders outwards at higher speeds, the stern waves would level out - allowing for an increase in speed of up to two knots.
New beginning: Gert und Fritz-Otto Lürßen
During the wake of the war, the brothers Gert und Fritz-Otto Lürßen agree on the division of shares in company, which they hold from then on jointly with their mother Frieda Lürßen.
A new era: the JAGUAR class
The new class of Fast Patrol Boat commissioned by the German federal navy, the JAGUAR class, formed the basis for the entire further development of this kind of boat.
Third generation takes the helm
Frieda Lürßen, who has led the company with greater perseverance and technical expertise, hands over responsibility for the firm to her sons Gert and Fritz-Otto.
Lürssen celebrates a century in business. Friedrich and Peter Lürßen, sons of owner’s Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürßen, receive their first shares in the firm.
Friedrich Lürßen joins the company
After earning a degree in business administration and experience at various jobs in international companies, Friedrich Lürßen joins the company at the age of 27.
Burmester Werft is acquired
By taking over the Burmester Werft shipyard in nearby Bremen-Burg, Lürssen acquires the expertise of a long-established shipyard in building boats, yachts and special-purpose vessels.
Fritz-Otto Lürßen dies unexpectedly
“For us employees, he was an entrepreneur and a boss, someone you could talk to and negotiate with, a friend and advisor.” A quote from the funeral of Fritz-Otto Lürßen, who dies at 63.
Gert Lürßen steps down
A great personality withdraws from active company leadership. At the age of 70, Gert Lürßen hands over management responsibilities to his son, Friedrich Lürßen.
All production shifts to Lemwerder
A company on the move: In the winter of 1985/86, the last production facilities in Bremen Vegesack are torn down. The transfer of shipbuilding work to Lemwerder is completed.
Peter Lürßen joins the company
He studied shipbuilding and industrial engineering in Germany as well as business administration in the United States and gathered considerable professional experience.
Senior director Gert Lürßen dies
Senior partner Gert Lürßen dies on January 2 at the age of 77. This comes to a time when Germany is cutting back its defence spending in response to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
125 years since founding
The company celebrates an important anniversary. The small boatbuilding company on the Weser River has grown into a large shipyard that builds naval vessels as well a modern megayachts.
Acquisition of Neue Jadewerft
Lürssen purchases the Neue Jadewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven. It is specialised in naval vessels and in maintenance, repair, and conversion work on ships up to 150 metres in length.
Major order from Turkey
Lürssen was commissioned by the Turkish navy to build compact patrol boats, representing a further development of the successful DOGAN class from the nineties: the Kilic.
Two jubilees in one year
1,400 people celebrate the launch of the world’s first motorboat, Lürssen REMS, 125 years ago and the LÜRSSEN-DAIMLER, winning the Champion of the Sea in Monaco 100 years ago.
Norderwerft belongs to Lürssen
The Norderwerft shipyard in Hamburg is specialised in the repair and reconstruction of ships for the commercial shipping industry and the maintenance of ships for the German Navy.
Acquisition of Peene Werft
In May 2013, Lürssen purchases the Peene Werft shipyard in Wolgast, Germany. The shipyard is active in building and repairing naval vessels and also provides support for the yacht-building business.
Lürssen celebrates anniversary: 140 years of shipbuilding
Since the foundation in 1875, the Lürssen shipyard has manufactured more than 13,000 boats and ships – all at the the Bremen shipyards or their North German sister shipyards.