Kaiserliche Werft Danzig was
a German shipbuilding company founded in 1852, first as
K√∂nigliche Werft Danzig but renamed in 1871 with
the proclamation of the German Empire.
Together with Kaiserliche Werft Kiel
and Kaiserliche Werft
it was one of three shipyards which produced
for the Preu√üische Marine
and later the Kaiserliche Marine
. With the end of
World War I Kaiserliche Werft
was closed but the shipyard was opened again when
was founded on their
site in 1921.
June 26, 1844 some land
on both sides of the Toten Weichsel
at Danzig became
property of the Royal Prussian Government.
It was to be used as a depot and anchoring
space for the SMS
, the only Prussian warship at the time.
In 1848 Prussia started constructing more warships and needed its
for these means. This became
the K√∂nigliche Werft Danzig
. In 1850 new grounds were
bought, further constructions followed and in the late 1870's there
was a very large extension of the facilities. Many ships were built
in Danzig for example the SMS
was constructed over there in 1906.
The first plans for construction of a U-boat
on the shipyard date back from 1865, but it was never realised. In
the autumn of 1904 works started on initiative of Alfred von Tirpitz
. The final order came
only on March 4
, 1906 with the U-2
. It was found to be no success
and the boat was spending more time along the pier than in service.
The following constructions from the yard, U-3
were much improved
In 1909 parts of the yard for U-boat construction were enlarged and
more buildings rose on these grounds for the U-boat construction.
With a few exceptions most of the U-boats were constructed here
until the war broke out.