Genuine German post WW2 pattern enamelled pin badge "Franz Lürssen" - Bremen / Lürssen (or Lürssen Werft) is a German shipyard based in Bremen-Vegesack, VERY GOOD CONDITION, NICE STICKPIN
HISTORY OF THE FIRM:
Lürssen designs and constructs yachts, naval ships and special vessels. Trading as Lürssen Yachts, it is one of the leading builders of custom superyachts such as Paul Allen's Octopus, David Geffen's Rising Sun, and Azzam, the largest private yacht in the world at 180 m in length.On June 27, 1875, the 24 year-old Friedrich Lürssen set up a boatbuilding workshop in Aumund, a suburb of Bremen, Germany. His first vessel demonstrates his trademark: originality and high-quality. Friedrich Lürssen's shipyard grows and thrives, and at one point he even begins placing orders with his father. 11 years later, in 1886, Lürssen builds the world's first motorboat. The 6-meter REMS is commissioned by the inventor and engine manufacturer Gottlieb Daimler, who needs a boat to put his new engine through its paces. Friedrich Lürssen, always open to new ideas, designs and builds it without delay. The Daimler engine that powers it has a cylinder capacity of 0.462 liters, weighs 60 kilograms, and has an output 1.5 hp at 700 rpm. In 1907, Friedrich Lürssen's only son, Otto, joins the firm as a partner. Four years later the Lürssen-Daimler speedboat with its 102 hp engine becomes the sensation of the racing season. In the Mediterranean off Monaco, it wins the unofficial world championship, the Championship of the Sea. The speedboat goes on to win the Prix de la Cote d´Azur and the Grand Prix des Nations later in the same year. 1916: The company that is his life's work has grown into a leading German shipyard, when Friedrich Lürssen dies at the age of 65. He could not have wished for the firm he had founded 41 years earlier to develop more successfully. A year after Friedrich Lürssen's death, the German navy started using remote-controlled boats to enter occupied ports or attacking heavily armored ships. These boats were co-developed and built by Lürssen. A new start 1925 is a special year for Lürssen. They launched their 10,000th vessel, a 14-meter wooden motoryacht, a sister ship of the Onkel Fidi, and in addition, the company celebrates its 50th anniversary. Two years later they set another standard. With Oheka II, equipped with three Maybach engines that propel her to a top speed of 34 knots, Lürssen builds the world's fastest commuter yacht. Later the same year, the company also builds the world's longest and heaviest motoryacht: the 36-meter AAR IV weighs 130 metric tons. 1932: The abrupt death of 52 year-old Otto Lürssen. His wife, Frieda Lürssen, the daughter of a captain of a large cruise ship, takes over the Lürssen yard. Six years later, the third generation takes on more and more responsibility at Lürssen: Gert Lürssen comes on board - bringing along the passion of motorboats he inherited from his father. In 1939, he sets a world speed record on the lower reaches of the Weser River in a Lürssen diesel-powered speedboat. It achieves a speed of exactly 68.2 km/h. The same year, torpedo boats are delivered to Bulgaria The 35-meter vessels carry the forward-mounted torpedo tubes better and no longer have the tendency to dive in heavy seas, as was the case with previous models. Business is difficult in the wake of the war. Everyone has to start from scratch and the Lürssen shipyard is no exception. During this time of change, the brothers Gert and Fritz-Otto Lürssen agree on the division of shares in the company, which they hold from then on jointly with their mother Frieda Lürssen. In the postwar period Lürssen sets a new standard for fast patrol boats. They launched the Jaguar in 1959, especially developed for the German Navy. At 42 meters, the ships are larger than those built during WWII. They serve as a model for future fast patrol boat designs.