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.

 

1875

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.

1883

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.

1886

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.

1904

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.

1905

DONNERWETTER – remarkably fast

The successful racing speedboat DONNERWETTER, developed by Otto Lürßen, reaches a speed of nearly 35 knots with a 40-hp engine.

1907

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.

1911

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.

1912

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.

1914

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.

1916

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.

1920

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.

1925

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.

1930

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.

1931

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.

1932

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.

1938

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.

1939

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.

1940

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.

1948

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.

1957

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.

1962

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.

1975

Centennial

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.

1977

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.

1979

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.

1981

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.

1983

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.

1985

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.

1987

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.

1991

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.

2000

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.

2004

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.

2009

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.

2011

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.

2012

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.

2013

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.

2015

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.

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