Karl Terheyden

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Grave of the Terheyden couple

Karl Terheyden (born April 3, 1916 in Moers , † April 8, 1995 in Bremerhaven ) was a German captain and university professor for nautical science .


As the son of the rector Jakob Terheyden and his wife, Terheyden attended elementary school in Moers and Eutin and, from Easter 1926, the Adolfinum Moers grammar school . With the transfer certificate to the Prima he left it seven years later to go to the merchant marine .

After two years of training on the training ship Germany , he sailed from April 1935 to autumn 1937 on ships of the North German Lloyd and as an officer candidate on the four-masted barque Commodore Johnson . He then attended the seafaring school of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen , where on March 21, 1939 he passed the exam to become a navigator on a long voyage (A5) . After two years as an officer on the Eisenach , he was interned in the United States in April 1941 during World War II . He used the five years in Costa Rica and in the USA to train the seamen interned with him , especially in mathematics .

After his release, Terheyden made up his Abitur on October 30, 1946 at his former grammar school . As a student at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn , he passed the examination to become a qualified engineer for geodesy and astronomy on October 28, 1950 . He stayed in Bonn for another year for his doctoral thesis . From August to December 1951 he went back to the seafaring school in Bremen to take the examination to become a captain on long voyages (A6) with distinction.

After a short time in industry , he started teaching at the Bremerhaven Seafaring School in April 1953 . There he became permanent representative of the Bremen Oberseefahrtschuldirektor Martin Berger in 1957 . When Berger retired in 1963, the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen appointed Terheyden as his successor. Terheyden took office on November 1, 1963 and was replaced in 1971. When he reached the age limit, he retired in 1980. After 15 years of retirement, Captain-Professor Terheyden died shortly after his 79th birthday. His grave is in the Geestemünder Friedhof . His wife Gertrud b. Repgen (* 1919) survived him by 15 years. She is the sister of Konrad Repgen and the mother-in-law of Joachim Herrmann .


In 1969 he was appointed Knight of the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher by Cardinal Grand Master Eugène Cardinal Tisserant and invested in Essen on December 6, 1969 by Lorenz Jaeger , Grand Prior of the German Lieutenancy . In 1986 he was awarded the Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.


  • For geographic location and astronomical navigation . Dümmler 1951. GoogleBooks
  • with Johannes Müller: Handbuch für die Schiffsführung , Vol. 1. 1961.
  • with Müller-Krauss, Martin Berger : Manual for the ship's command . Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 1959. GoogleBooks
  • with Martin Berger and Walter Helmers: Shipping law, seamanship, cargo, stability, shipbuilding, marine engineering, chemistry for navigators, signaling and radio systems, ... areas (handbook for ship's command), 1961. 7th edition. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 1968. ISBN 978-3540042877
  • with Martin Berger and Walter Helmers: guidelines for ship service, terrestrial, radio, astronomical and innovative technical navigation, compass science, tide science, weather and ... (manual for ship navigation). Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 1970. ISBN 978-3540052180


  • Christof Marcus, Dieter WF Schoppmeyer: 200 years of seafaring school in Bremen . Hauschild, Bremen 1999. ISBN 3-89757-007-6

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Individual evidence

  1. Dissertation: Nomograms for solving astronomical problems. For geographic location and astronomical navigation . Dümmler 1951. Google Books
  2. ^ Communication from Joachim Herrmann