Helsingør Shipyard

Kronborg Castle and Helsingør Shipyard 1863
Helsingør Værft with Kronborg in the background
Helsingør Shipyard 1870
Kronborg Castle and Helsingør Værft. Ca. 1900
Helsingør Værft and Kronborg Slot, ca. 1910
Helsingør Shipyard and Maskinbyggeri A/S was one of Denmark’s major shipyards, founded on 1. March 1882 as A/S Helsingør Jærnskibs-and Maskinbyggeri of M.C. Holm (1827-1892) from the shipping company Norden. The yard reached just about to fill 100 years before it closed in 1983. Some of the old shipyard buildings are now transformed into the Kulturværftet (The Culture Yard in English).

Helsingør Skibsværft in the 1950’s

Helsingør Skibsværft in the 1950’s
Unknown date
Juli 1966
Helsingør Skibsværft 1967. Helsingborg, Sweden in the background (below).
Helsingør Shipyard 1982
1985
Kronborg Slot, 1993.
The initial share capital was DKK 1.6 million, three building bedding and a dry dock, each of more than 100 metres in length, and a large number of shipbuilding and machinery workshops with modern machine tools, cranes, foundries, administration buildings and its own steam power central. The first buildings of the shipyard were designed by J.E. G. The first ship from the shipyard was launched on Constitution Day 1883 and was baptized Helsingør. The first director was Vilhelm, while the founder became chairman of the board.
The first years ‘ economic cycles were not favourable to the shipyard, so M.C. Holm took over the management and ordered two ships. In 1889, however, the situation had changed for the better, the number of employees exceeded now 1,000 and the company could pay dividends to its shareholders.
M.C. Holm died in 1892 and was succeeded as Chairman of the board by shipbuilder Christian Rohmann, who was the owner of one of Elsinore’s two wood-shipyards. S.C.W. Bindesbøll became a new director after Holm’s instructions. In 1896, the demand for repair orders was increasing, so the shipyard bought the old slipway, which had been brought by the city’s wood-shipyard in 1863. A new dry dock was also constructed to allow the yard to dock ships up to 112 metres long. At the same time, the share capital increased to DKK 2.1 million.
After the turn of the century, a new stagnation shifted into around 1907, but the shipyard acted forward by starting three new ship projects on its own account. It maintained the workforce and managed to dispose of the ships. However, the shipyard had a deficit in the years up to 1911, when the orders for newbuildings started to flow again.
In 1913, the shipyard’s majority shareholding was taken over by a consortium with the participation of Burmeister & Wain and DFDS. Representatives of these came on the board. However, the yard continued as a completely separate unit. In 1916, B&W sold its share to DFDS. During the first half of the war. During World War II, the company benefited from the fact that it was difficult to obtain materials to the extent necessary.

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