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Dr. Christian


Dr. Christian Ostersehlte

”Since a school internship during the Easter holidays in 1977 (with which one did not know how to do anything else) the connection to the house exists. So in the spring of 2016 I gladly accepted the call to Bremerhaven.“

Dr. Christian Ostersehlte, Archivar


Current position



About the person

Generally I deal with German and international maritime history of 19th and 20th century. My PhD. work (1986) described the history of the German Life-Boat Institution. Besides sea rescue, I have researched and still do on the TITANIC, history of shipyards and shipping companies, towage, icebreaking, coast guards and other maritime institutions. I also maintain an interest in military/naval history.



Photo: DSM

Dr. Christian Ostersehlte

+49 471  48 207 819

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2016

Research assistant at the German Maritime Museum

Since 2004

Historical archivist at Fr. Lürssen Werft in Bremen-Vegesack, in addition temporary and freelance activities, among others at the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS) in Bremen, Sartori & Berger in Kiel, Beluga Shipping in Bremen, Jebsen Historical Archives in Aabenraa/Denmark as well as two DSM projects (Seaport 2005, Salpeter 2008-2014)


Historian at Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) in Kiel


Historical archivist at the Fr. Lürssen shipyard in Bremen-Vegesack


Worked as a research assistant at the Museum of the Oldenburg Weser Ports in Brake/Unterweser


Project at the Archive of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck ("Merchant Corporations")


After basic military service (1987-88) various activities, e.g. shipping department Focke-Museum, Bremen


University degree Dissertation "The German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked".


Establishment of the historical archive of the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS) in Bremen


University degree Magister Artium


Studied Medieval and Modern History as well as Folklore and Prehistory and Early History in Kiel, Germany


Eisbrecher vor Reval: Die Flotte des Revaler Börsenkomitees. In: Schriften der Baltischen Historischen Kommission 23, Berlin 2020

150 Jahre Nautischer Verein Niedersachsen. Die Schifffahrtsgeschichte der oldenburgischen Unterweserregion ab 1865.
Wiefelstede 2015

Schiffbau in Kiel. Kleine Werftengeschichte von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart
(Sonderveröffentlichungen der Gesellschaft für Kieler Stadtgeschichte).
Husum 2014

Von Howaldt zu HDW.
165 Jahre Entwicklung von einer Kieler Eisengießerei zum weltweit operierenden Schiffbau – und Technologiekonzern.
Hamburg 2004

Die Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger.
(Schriften des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseums – Papers of the German Maritime Museum, Vol. 26).
Bremerhaven and Hamburg 1990


since 2008 Historical Commission for Lower Saxony and Bremen

Opening hours

Cog hall: Monday closed, TUE - SUN from 10 am to 6 pm

Ships: closed

how to reach us

Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum
Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
D-27568 Bremerhaven


T. +49 471 482 07 0

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