OUR HERITAGE IS TRADITION – OUR FUTURE IS INNOVATION

We have set new standards in shipbuilding for more than 140 years. Innovations and the use of state-of-the-art technology has helped us to establish an honourable reputation around the world.

 

From building the first motor boat and successful racing boats to the unique JAGUAR, ALBATROS and GEPARD class fast patrol boats for the German Navy, our ground-breaking ideas took us from being a small shipyard to becoming a serious major competitor in the defence market.

 

1875

Friedrich Lürßen founds the company

On 27 June 1875, a 24-year-old Friedrich Lürßen opens his own boat-building workshop in Aumund near Bremen, Germany. From the very beginning, he impresses customers with originality and high-quality execution.

1883

Reputation with racing rowboats

Lürssen initially only builds racing rowboats for Bremen oarsmen, but the orders increasingly come in from all across Germany. Thanks to their light weight, they are very fast and place well in regattas.

1886

The world's first motor boat, a Lürssen

Friedrich Lürßen designs and builds the world's first motor boat. The six-metre REMS is commissioned by Gottlieb Daimler who needs a boat to put his newly designed engine through its paces.

1904

Lürssen expands along the shoreline

The Lürssen shipyard expands and now includes a site in Bremen-Vegesack. For the first time, the shipyard has direct access to the open water.

1905

DONNERWETTER, a remarkably fast speedboat

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 is racing boat world champion

The LÜRSSEN-DAIMLER with its 102-hp engine is the sensation of the racing season. In Monaco, it wins the unofficial world championships and is awarded 'Champion of the Sea'.

1912

Lürssen becomes world champion again

The racing boat SAURER-LÜRSSEN, a joint project between Lürssen and the Swiss engine manufacturer Adolf Saurer, wins the Prix de Monte Carlo, which is considered the unofficial world championship.

1914

A strong military interest in remote-controlled boats

With the outbreak of the First World War, there is increased demand for Lürssen remote-controlled boats armed with explosives. They have 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. Friedrich Lürßen passes away at the age of 65.

1920

In memory of our founder, ONKEL FIDI

The Lürßen family demonstrates its ties to the water by building 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 built

Two milestones in one year - Lürssen builds its 100,000th vessel, a 14-metre wooden motor yacht and sistership of the ONKEL FIDI II. In addition, the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.

1930

The custom patrol boat 'BREMSE'

The BREMSE (the German word for brake), a 29-metre-long minelaying cruiser is built. It reaches impressive speeds of up to 30 knots and is 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 (a German car manufacturer), achieves 35 knots and races successfully for several years.

1932

Otto Lürßen dies unexpectedly

The abrupt passing 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 helm at Lürssen.

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 forces Lürssen to align its production solely with the requirements of the German Navy. This new class of fast patrol boats has two torpedo tubes and two reserve torpedoes.

1940

Early fast patrol boats and the 'Lürssen effect'

Lürssen fast patrol boats have a 'secret weapon'. When turning the two external rudders outwards at higher speeds, the stern waves level out, allowing for an increase in speed of up to two knots.

1948

A new beginning with Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürßen

During the wake of the war, the brothers Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürßen agree on the division of shares of the company, which they hold from then on together with their mother, Frieda Lürßen.

1957

A new era of the JAGUAR class

A new class of fast patrol boat is commissioned by the German Navy - the JAGUAR class - which forms the basis for all future developments of this style of boat.

1962

The third generation takes over

Frieda Lürßen, who has led the company with great perseverance and technical expertise, hands over responsibility for the firm to her sons, Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürßen.

1975

Centennial

Lürssen celebrates a century in business. Friedrich and Peter Lürßen, cousins, and sons of owner's Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürßen, receive their first shares in the company.

1977

Friedrich Lürßen joins the company

After earning a degree in business administration and experience in various jobs at international companies, Friedrich Lürßen joins the company at the age of 27.

1979

Burmester Werft is acquired

With the takeover of the Burmester Werft in nearby Bremen-Burg, Lürssen acquires the expertise of a shipyard long-established in building boats, yachts and special-purpose vessels.

1981

Fritz-Otto Lürßen dies unexpectedly

"For us, his employees, he was an entrepreneur and a boss; someone you could talk to and negotiate with; a friend and an advisor." A quote from the funeral of Fritz-Otto Lürßen, who dies at the ages of 63.

1983

Gert Lürßen steps down

A great personality withdraws from his active company leadership role. At the age of 70, Gert Lürßen hands over management responsibilities to his son, Friedrich Lürßen.

1985

All production moves to Lemwerder

In the winter of 1985 to 1986, the last production facilities in Bremen-Vegesack are torn down. The transfer of all shipbuilding activities to Lemwerder is completed.

1987

Peter Lürßen joins the company

Further to studying shipbuilding and industrial engineering in Germany, as well as business administration in the United States and gathering considerable professional experience, Peter Lürßen joins the company.

1991

Senior Director, Gert Lürßen, dies

Senior Partner Gert Lürßen dies on 2 January at the age of 77. This comes at a time when Germany is cutting back its defence-spending in response to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

2000

125-year anniversary

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 as modern megayachts.

2004

The acquisition of Neue Jadewerft

Lürssen purchases the Neue Jadewerft in Wilhelmshaven. It specialises in naval vessels and in maintenance, repair and conversion work for ships up to 150 metres in length.

2009

A major order from Turkey

Lürssen is commissioned by the Turkish Navy to build compact patrol boats, representing a further development of the successful DOGAN class of vessels from the nineties, the KILIC.

2011

Two jubilees in one year

1,400 people celebrate the launch of the world's first motorboat, REMS, 125 years after it was built and the LÜRSSEN-DAIMLER that won 'Champion of the Sea' in Monaco 100 years ago.

2012

Norderwerft is acquired by Lürssen

The Norderwerft in Hamburg specialises in the repair and reconstruction of commercial ships. It also undertakes maintenance of vessels for the German Navy.

2013

The acquisition of Peene-Werft

In May 2013, Lürssen purchases the Peene-Werft 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 a major anniversary, 140 years of shipbuilding

Since 1875, the Lürssen shipyard has manufactured more than 13,000 vessels, all at the Bremen or North German shipyards.

2016

The integration of Blohm+Voss

Lürssen acquires the long-standing shipyard Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, Germany. This strengthens the group's competence in the build of naval vessels and the repair and refit of yachts, as well as passenger and commercial ships.

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