Bootswerft Schmidt Geschichte
C O M P A N Y
Boatbuilding is one of the most antique arts of
mankind, and its history begins long time before Noah,
with the first attempts to overcome water as a barrier
including the discovery of new and unknown hemisspheres.
Due to my ancestors who started boatbuilding
in the 19th century in the delta of river Weichsel and
river Nogat near Danzig(today:Gdansk/Poland) I am
personally attached with a small part of this history.
This area was given the name "Gross Werder" because
of its location which is partly below the sea level and
moulded by the water. The words "Werder=artificial
island" and "Werft=shipyard" have the same origin and
come from the german word "Werfen=throw,pour".
At this time even large barges were almost entirely
made of wood, an art which is no longer in use anymore.
Bent parts such as stempost were cut from crooked
grown trees and the steam-bent planks were sealed with
cotton and pitch.
In the 50ies my father and grandfather settled down
in Düsseldorf and started their business of fixing
boats and yachts as well as building new ones.
While my grandfather remained true to traditional
building of wooden boats, my father started to work
with steel as well. Thus wooden hulls with frames made
of steel as well as yachts completely made of iron
came into existence.
My own main field covers woodworking, which made
progress during the past decades.
For that reason I am able to combine traditional
techniques with modern technology under optimum