The building complex, originally a training unit of the Imperial Navy, was built in the early 20th century and was constructed in the regional style of the "Schleswig-Holstein brick building".
Regional newspapers of the time were quoted that an ensemble was created, "that certainly does the city credit".
During the First World War, a military hospital was set up, but was closed again in April of 1915. Because of the shortage of technical personnel in the Navy the training operation was taken up again.
Due to the limitations of the Versailles Treaty after World War I, only 300 students were trained at the school - but the quality of the training was excellent.
In the years 1934, 1937 and 1938, large expansions were made to the buildings that enabled an extension and broadening of the teaching activities.
At the end of the 1930s, new barracks were built to accommodate the now more than 2000 trainees. After the number had grown to about 3000, two HAPAG-ships served as barges.
After 1942, the number of course participants climbed to over 4000, and 1943 a new machine shop was put in operation. It included the entire engine and propulsion system of a destroyer as well as
several speedboat engines.
After World War II, the buildings kept serving as a training facility. The course program consisted of 30 different types of courses with the duration ranging from one week to twelve months.
The soldiers were trained here in drive engineering, electrical engineering and marine engineering.
In 2002, the school was closed.
Since the building complex is pretty big, I have split the collection of photos in two. This part contains the photos taken in the first building that was constructed. It contained offices, living quarters and classrooms.
To check out part 2, click here.
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