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    Imprint / Disclaimer of the publishers

    German Maritime Museum
    Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

    The German Maritime Museum (DSM) is a foundation with legal capacity under civil law and, being a research museum, a member of the Leibniz Association. .

    Authorized representatives:
    Prof. Dr. Sunhild Kleingärtner (Managing Director),
    Konrad Otten (Commercial Managing Director)

    Sales tax identification number according to § 27a sales tax law (V.A.T. no.): DE 114 709 134 34

    Responsible for the content according to § 55 Abs. 2 RStV: Prof. Dr. Sunhild Kleingärtner

    Disclaimer of liability:
    Despite careful control of the contents, DSM does not assume any liability for the contents of external links. The responsibility for the content of linked pages lies exclusively with their operators.
    Please also note the disclaimer.

    Design and technical realisation

    GfG / Gruppe für Gestaltung
    Altes Zollamt / Waller Stieg 1 
    28217 Bremen


    Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
    D-27568 Bremerhaven  

    +49 (0) 471 482 07 0

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    Privacy policy

    Privacy policy and disclaimer

    Welcome on our websites. In the following, please find some information on how we handle your personal data according to Art. 13 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    Data controller

    The legal entity which can be found in the imprint is responsible for the collection and processing of your personal data.

    Storage of IP address

    We store the IP address transmitted by your web browser strictly for the purpose of detecting, limiting and eliminating attacks on our websites for a period of seven days. After this period, we delete or anonymise the IP address. The legal basis is article 6 paragraph 1 lit. f. GDPR..

    Utilization data

    When you visit our websites, so-called usage data is temporarily stored on our web server for statistical purposes in the server log in order to improve the quality of our websites. This data record consists of

    • the name and the address of the requested resource,
    • the name of the resource,
    • date and time of the request,
    • the amount of data transmitted,
    • the access status (e.g. file transmitted, file not found)
    • the description of the type of web browser used,
    • the referral link which tells us from which site the visitor came to our website
    • the IP address of the requesting computer, which is shortened in such a way that a personal reference can no longer be established. 

    The above log data is stored anonymised only.

    Data transmission to other parties

    In case of data processing on our behalf according to Art. 28 GDPR, we transfer your data to service providers who support us with regard to the operation of our websites and the associated processes. Our service providers are strictly bound to our instructions and have signed the respective contractual commitments.

    Data transmission to third countries

    We transmit some of your personal data to a third country outside of the EU. For this transfer we ensured an adequate level of data protection in each case:
    In the case of Google (USA), an adequate level of data protection is based on the participation in the Privacy Shield agreement (Art. 45 para. 1 GDPR).



    We use cookies on our websites. Cookies are small text files which can be stored on and read from your device. A distinction is made between session cookies, which are deleted again as soon as you close your browser, and permanent cookies, which are stored beyond the individual session. Cookies may contain data that make it possible to recognize the device used. In some cases, however, cookies only contain information on certain settings that cannot be related to individuals. 

    We use session cookies and permanent cookies on our websites.

    You can configure your browser to inform you about the placement of cookies. This makes the use of cookies transparent for you. By means of the corresponding browser setting, you can also delete cookies at any time and prevent the creation of new cookies. Please note that in this case, our web pages may not be displayed optimally and that some functions may no longer be technically available.


    Within our website we use videos from YouTube. YouTube videos are embedded in "privacy-enhanced mode". However, the embedding means that when the page is accessed, one cookie is set in the local memory and one in the session memory by YouTube. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 paragraph 1 lit. f GDPR to provide you with direct access to our videos. Playing an embedded video is subject to the privacy policy of the provider:


    Google Analytics 

    With the help of Google Analytics, we create pseudonymous user profiles for the demand-oriented design of our website. Google Analytics uses cookies which can be stored on your end device and read by us. This allows us to recognize and count returning visitors. We process the data on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR.

    The information on your use of these websites generated by the cookie are generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. In the member states of the European Union, however, Google shortens your IP address before transmission of this data into the USA because we enabled IP anonymisation on our website. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address transmitted to a Google server in the USA (here, the participation of Google in the Privacy Shield ensures an adequate level of data protection pursuant to Art. 45 para. 1 GDPR) and shortened there. Furthermore, we concluded a contract with Google LLC (USA) for data processing on our behalf according to Art. 28 GDPR. Google will therefore use all information strictly for the purpose of evaluating the use of our website for us and compiling reports on website activity.

    Demographic characteristics in Google Analytics

    This website uses the "demographic features" function of Google Analytics. This allows reports to be generated that contain information about the age, gender and interests of the site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising by Google as well as from visitor data from third parties. This data cannot be attributed to any specific person. You can disable this feature at any time by changing the ad settings in your Google Account, or generally prohibit Google Analytics from collecting your information as described in the "Opting out of data collection" section. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para 1 lit. a GDPR.

    You can revoke your consent to the processing at any time. To do so, please use one of the following possibilities:

    You can prevent the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link (

    You can furthermore prevent data collection by Google Analytics by clicking the following link. This sets an opt-out cookie which permanently prevents the future collection of your data when you visit this website:
    Click here to withdraw your consent to the processing of your data by Google Analytics.

    Integration of other technical third-party content

    We use the technical functions and contents of Hoefler Type Foundry, Inc. d/b/a Hoefler&Co as a third party provider for the integration of fonts on our websites. By participating in the Privacy Shield Agreement, the provider guarantees an appropriate level of data protection in accordance with Art. 45 Para. 1 GDPR.

    A call to our pages leads to the downloading of content from the third party providers who provide these functions and contents. The third party provider is thereby informed that you have called up our site and receives the usage data technically required in this context.

    We have no influence on further data processing by the third party provider. If you wish to object to the processing, please do not use our site any longer.

    Incidentally, the embedding is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR and in the interest of making our site as appealing and informative as possible.

    Data security

    We take technical and organisational measures to protect your data as comprehensively as possible from unauthorised access. Your data is transmitted from your computer to our server and vice versa via the Internet by means of TLS encryption. You can recognize this by the fact that the lock symbol in the status bar of your browser is closed and the address line starts with .

    Contact form

    You have the possibility to contact us via online contact form. In order to use this contact form, we need your name and your e-mail address. You may enter further details, but this is not mandatory. The processing of your data is based on Art. 6 para 1 lit. f GDPR. If you provide us with further, non-mandatory data, the processing is based on Art. 6 para 1 lit. a GDPR.

    Declaration of accession

    You have the possibility to apply for the membership of an association supporting us via a web form. The use of the web form is voluntary and does not decide about the admission to the association. In addition to names and contact details, data relevant to membership fees will be collected. The legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b GDPR. The data is transmitted to us in encrypted form and immediately forwarded to the respective association for further processing. The data will not be stored by us after transmission.

    Newsletter data

    On our website we offer you the possibility to subscribe to our newsletter. If you have given us the consent for us to inform you by e-mail about our own products and services, this will be processed in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 letter a GDPR. Your consent can be revoked at any time without affecting the legality of the previous processing. If your consent is revoked, we will stop processing your data accordingly. The e-mail address provided will be deleted within 14 days after the cancellation. The revocation can be made at any time, for example via the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter or by e-mail.

    In connection with the newsletter, the opening and click rate is recorded. This data is collected in aggregated form only. A connection to a concrete subscriber is not possible.
    We work together with Newsletter2Go GmbH to send the newsletter.


    Your rights as a user

    In respect of the processing of your personal data, the GDPR grants you as a user of the website certain rights:

    1. Right of access by the data subject (Art. 15 GDPR): 

    You have the right to obtain from the controller confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed, and, where that is the case, access to the personal data and the information listed in detail in Art. 15 GDPR.

    2. Right to rectification and erasure (Art. 16 and 17 GDPR): 

    You have the right to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification and if applicable completion of inaccurate personal data concerning yourself.
    You also have the right to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning yourself without undue delay where one of the grounds listed in detail in Art. 17 GDPR applies, e.g. if the data is no longer required for the purposes pursued.

    3. Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR): 

    You have the right to obtain from the controller restriction of processing where one of the preconditions listed in Art. 18 GDPR applies, e.g. if you objected against the processing, for a period enabling the controller to carry out a respective verification.

    4. Right to data portability (Art. 20 GDPR):

    In certain cases listed in detail in Art. 20 GDPR, you have the right to receive the personal data concerning yourself in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to demand transmission of this data to a third party.

    5. Right to object (Art. 21 GDPR):

    If data is collected on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f (data processing for the purpose of legitimate interests), you are entitled to object to the processing at any time for reasons arising from your particular situation. In this case, we will no longer process the personal data unless there are demonstrably compelling reasons worthy of protection for the processing which outweigh the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

    6. Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

    Pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you consider that the processing of data concerning you is in breach of data protection legislation. The right to lodge a complaint may be exercised in particular before a regulatory authority in the member state of your residence or workplace, or in the place where the alleged breach occurred.

    Contact data of the Data Security Officer

    Our company data protection officer will be happy to provide you with information or suggestions on the subject of data protection

    Dr. Uwe Schläger
    datenschutz nord GmbH
    Konsul-Smidt-Straße 88
    28217 Bremen

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