AN artifacts




Jungfernbruecke from 1888, Hamburg, Germany

The history of AN artifacts begins with the four mast barque HERZOGIN GECILIE (1902). Contemporary literature has described her “as the most beautiful and famous cargo sailing ship in the world“. For that reason, Dr. Karsten Busch and Ulrich Maehl decided to prove their acquired knowledge, unique methods and techniques about micro-riveting by recreating this vessel legend – the cornerstone of the AN “wharf“. They noticed along their way, however, that she required more than 450,000 micro-rivets, too comprehensive as their first hand-crafted object. They therefore decided to rebuild instead the bridge JUNGFERNBRUECKE in Hamburg (1888). It is the first artifact that has left the manufactory – the cornerstone of the AN vision.

After this triumphal achievement, both founders decided to recreate the America’s Cup yacht RELIANCE (1903). She was the largest and fastest mono-hull ship that has ever participated in the America’s Cup, and – with her pioneering hull construction at this point of time – she is celebrated as a landmark in history of naval engineering. Reliance is the first official AN artifact that is on sale for the international market as it perfectly reflects the company’s core values – the cornerstone of the AN values.