In 1805, Johann Lange founded a shipyard in Bremen, which built over 300 ships before its closure. Among these was Germany's first steamboat, Die Weser, launched in 1817. Below is Lange's yard in 1837, with the brig Emmy under construction.
The 1,200 year old “Free Hanseatic City of Bremen” and its North Sea port sister of Bremerhaven make up a two-city state, which is the smallest of Germany’s sixteen states. The cities are separated by a mere 60 kilometers along the river Weser. Bremen is a center of technology, renowned for its leadership in aircraft construction and space station assembly as well as space propulsion systems.