Bremer Vulkan was a German shipbuilding company founded when a group of
investors bought the Johann Lange
shipyard that had opened on September
Vulkan made a few U-boats under a licence
from the Germaniawerft in Kiel.
However, it is better known for constructing the second ship to
raise a submarine, SMS Cyclop
the ship was planned to be built at the Kaiserliche Werft at Danzig.
During World War I
constructed 8 Mittel
U-boats for the Kaiserliche
. Later, in World War II
constructed for the Kriegsmarine
facility was a target of the bombing of Bremen in World War
and used Bremen-Vegesack
concentration camp labor.
, post-World War II
Vulkan built both passenger
, container ships
and other naval ships
. In the 1980s it was one of the
largest shipyards in Germany.
After a 1996
bankruptcy, Bremer Vulkan closed
the shipyard in 1997
. At that time Bremer
Vulkan was the largest shipyard employer (over 22,000 workers) in
Germany and there were mass demonstrations and violent