Mews shipyard

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Mews shipyard
legal form
founding 1945
resolution 1978
Seat Cuxhaven , Germany
management Wilhelm Mews
Branch shipbuilding

The Mews shipyard was a boat and cutter yard in Cuxhaven , which existed from 1945 to 1978 and mainly built and repaired börteboats and cutters for fishing.


When Cuxhaven was annexed by Hamburg to the Prussian province of Hanover with the Greater Hamburg Law in 1937, the new fishing port was built by 1939 . On the east side of the Schleusenpriel three shipyards settled between 1938 and 1945, which made a name for themselves as “Kutterwerft”: The first in 1938 the Böhmewerft , after the Second World War in 1945 the Mews shipyard and the Döscher shipyard .

Börteboats on Heligoland

History of the Mews shipyard

The founder of the shipyard, Wilhelm Mews, set up his new business in autumn 1945 on the east side of the New Fishery Harbor in today's Kapitän-Alexander-Straße 11. The shipyard concentrated on the construction of ships and boats in wooden construction: the main field of activity of the small company was the construction and repairs of boats and cutters from the fishing industry.

Until the end of the shipyard operations, the Mews shipyard remained connected to wooden shipbuilding. The (probably) last new building with the construction number 104 from 1978 was a wooden cutter - at that time christened "Helene", today still in operation with the name "Goedeke Michel". In 1978 the Mews shipyard ceased operations. Two years later, the Cuxhaven company Empting / Glüsing took over the business.

Crab cutter CUX 18 Goedeke Michel of the Mews shipyard

Newbuildings of the shipyard (selection)

A construction list of the Mews shipyard does not yet exist in the literature - an approximation by year of construction:

  • 1954 No. 4 : The Börteboot served the island community of Helgoland until 1967 . Then sold to Wilhelmshaven and used to supply the bird island Mellum . In 2018 the boat was restored in Bad Bederkesa .
  • 1956 Sperber (NC 333): fishing cutter (16.74 meters long, 5.25 meters wide, 33.88 GRT ) initially registered in Cuxhaven, sold to Accumersiel before 1980, third owner there in 1980, sold to Norddeich in 1982 . Removed from the register in 2011 and advertised for recreational shipping.
  • 1957 Atlantis , later Seeteufel : The Börteboot was used by several owners on the Helgoland roadstead and sold to Büsum at an unknown time .
  • 1957 Uwe , later Maria and Noctiluca : The Börteboot was used by several owners on the Helgoland roadstead and sold to Büsum at an unknown time.
  • 1960 Falke (DOR 78): The ship (16.00 meters long, 4.00 meters wide) sailed from Dorum as a crab cutter . After decommissioning at the end of the 1980s, it was converted into a gaff ketch in Bremerhaven . In 2000 the ship changed hands and came to the museum harbor in Leer .
  • 1978 Helene (PEL 3): fishing cutter (17.99 meters long, 5.5 meters wide, 49 GT) delivered to Pellworm , sold to Accumersiel in 1992 with the old name and the new fishing license number ACC 11. 1998 registered as Yasmin (ST) in Tönning , 2007 sold as Goedecke Michel (CUX 18) to Cuxhaven.
Site of the former Mews shipyard, today the location of the Cuxhaven boat and shipyard

Successor operation

The successor to the company is now the “Boots- und Schiffswerft Cuxhaven GmbH”, which belongs to the Plambeck Holding, and operates at the same address. She continues to be active in boat building with a focus on repairs and as a maritime service provider.


  • Peter Bussler: Historisches Stadtlexikon für Cuxhaven , special publication of the Heimatbund der Männer vom Morgenstern Volume 36, Cuxhaven 2002, ISBN 3-931771-36-9 .
  • Werner Jakobeit, Günter Kramp, Willi Schäfer: The Beckmann shipyard. Chronology of a Cuxhaven shipyard (series of publications by the “Förderverein Schifffahrtsgeschichte Cuxhaven eV”, issue 10b [V1L / May 2016]), self-print, Cuxhaven 2016.

Web links

Commons : Fischkutter Sperber  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Jakobeit, p. 15
  2. a b Bussler, p. 386
  3. Thomas Sassen: Werften am Schleusenpriel - When ships were still made of wood, Cuxhavener Nachrichten October 28, 2013
  4. ^ Wiebke Kramp: New building and rescue operation on the mainland . (PDF) In: Der Helgoländer , January 2018, p. 8
  5. photos and technical information Sperber on
  6. Photo and further information on Atlantis in the archive of the Helgoland Börteboote
  7. Photo and further information about the anglerfish in the archive of the Helgoland boat boats
  8. Photo and further information about Maria in the archive of the Helgoland Börteboote
  9. ^ Photo and further information on Uwe in the archive of the Helgoland Börteboote
  10. Photo and further information about the Noctiluca in the archive of the Helgoland Börteboote
  11. technical information on the falcon in the historic port of Emden
  12. Photos and further information about Helene on the private website Fischerei in Europa
  13. Photos and further information on Goedeke Michel on the private website Fischerei in Europa
  14. Jakobeit, p. 16