Oscar Boeters

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Oscar Boeters around 1890

Christian Friedrich Oscar Boeters , also Oskar Böters , (born November 19, 1848 in Wernigerode , † February 5, 1912 in Bremen ) was a German naval officer , most recently rear admiral . He was also a chemist and inventor.



Oscar was a son of Luise Röhrig and her husband Heinrich Ernst Boeters, pastor in Wernigerode and Nordhausen, later superintendent in Gommern. On June 27, 1877 in Bremen, he married Marie Gudewill, daughter of a respected Bremen merchant. The marriage remained childless. Oscar Boeters died of kidney cancer on February 5, 1912 in a Bremen hospital.

Military career

He left school in Nordhausen at Easter 1865 and joined the Prussian Navy as a cadet aspirant on May 1, 1865 . After training at SMS Arcona and SMS Niobe , he took part in 1869 as a sub-lieutenant at sea on the SMS Hertha on the voyage to China and Japan with the inauguration of the Suez Canal . In November 1872 he returned to the sea as a lieutenant . After a visit to the Naval Academy in Kiel, he was commanded as a lieutenant captain to serve in the Admiralty at Easter 1875 . On October 1, 1876, he received a land command as a company commander in the Friedrichsort sea artillery department. In the fall of 1877 he became a teacher at the Naval Academy in Kiel. On October 1, 1880, he began as an observation and navigation officer on the corvette Hertha on a two-year trip to East Asia, during which he was promoted to captain of the corvette on January 1, 1882 . From 1884 Boeters worked as artillery director at the Kaiserliche Werft Kiel . In 1887 he commanded the SMS Möwe on a trip to Zanzibar . The Africa explorer and colonialist Carl Peters was on board . As a sea captain, Boeters drove the following ships:

SMS Princess Wilhelm April 16, 1891 to November 14, 1892
SMS Germany May 5 to October 31, 1894
SMS Elector Friedrich Wilhelm November 1, 1894 to October 5, 1895

After he had given up command of the Elector Friedrich Wilhelm , Boeters worked as an inspector for the inspection of the naval artillery. On September 14, 1896, Boeters was given the character of rear admiral for disposition .

academic career

After his departure, he began studying at the Technical University of Berlin , earned his engineering diploma and received his doctorate in October 1902 from the Department of Chemistry and Metallurgy with a thesis "On reactions of dihalogen thymoquinones" . Together with the chemist Richard Wolffenstein , he developed a synthesis process for dinitrophenol and trinitrophenol, which was patented in 1909.


  • North country trip. 1891. Diary entries of an escort of Kaiser Wilhelm II with the Princess Wilhelm to Norway.
  • About reactions of the dihalothymoquinones. Technical college. Dissertation. Berlin 1902.
  • Land reform and colonial policy. Lecture given at the 14th Bundestag of the German land reformers. Berlin 1905.


  • Dermot Bradley (eds.), Hans H. Hildebrand, Ernest Henriot: Germany's Admirals 1849-1945. The military careers of naval, engineering, medical, weapons and administrative officers with admiral rank. Volume 1: A-G. Biblio Publishing House. Osnabrück 1988. ISBN 3-7648-1499-3 . Pp. 134-135.

Individual evidence

  1. Royal Technical University of Berlin: Program for the academic year 1903-1904. P. 181.