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[[Image:Ferdinand Schichau.jpg|thumb|Ferdinand Schichau, (1814 - 1896), ship builder in the towns of Elbing, Elblagmarker and Danzigmarker, now in Polandmarker. He built also a shipyard in Pillaumarker, (present-day Baltijskmarker), near Königsbergmarker, (Oriental Prussia) (today Russian territory of Kaliningradmarker).]]Ferdinand Gottlob Schichau (30 January 1814 – 23 January 1896) was a Germanmarker mechanical engineer and businessman.

Schichau was born in Elbing marker, East Prussiamarker, now in Polandmarker . Schichau, whose father was a smith and iron worker in Elbing, studied engineering in Berlinmarker. He visited the Rhineland and Englandmarker, before starting his own company in Elbing, Elblagmarker, a former hanseatic town, now in Polandmarker, in 1837. He built also a shipyard in Pillaumarker (present-day Baltiyskmarker) near Königsbergmarker, (Oriental Prussia) (today Russian territory of Kaliningradmarker).

The Schichau-Werke became a large industrial complex, which employed several thousand people. Schichau made hydraulic presses, industrial machines and steam engines. For his workers he erected a large living quarter section in Elbing. The Borussia, constructed by him, was the first screw-vessel in Germanymarker.

Schichau gained an associate when his daughter married around 1873 Carl H. Ziese, (Moscow, 2 July 5 July 1848 - 5 December 1917) the constructor in 1874 of the first Compound engine to be integrated in a German gunship.

The company had so many orders that it became necessary to construct another large shipyard in nearby Danzig marker as well. After Schichau's death in Elbing on 23 January 1896 , son in law Moscow born Ziese continued to lead the company till his own death in 1917.

His only daughter, Hildegard, married Swedish Engineer Carl Carlson.

After her Swedish husband Carl Carlson, (not to be confounded with the actual Carl Carlson character of the Simpsons saga described actually in Wikipedia) died, Hildegard Carlson ran the former firm of her father Carl and grand father Ferdinand building, mainly, railway engines till the thereafters of a company active till no less than 1945.

See also

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanseatic_League
  • http://www.aefl.de/ordld/700%20Jahre%20Elbing/neu220105/700jahre2.htm (On the 700th Anniversary of this hanseatic town), In German.
  • Schichau-Werke
  • Schichau-Werft


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