Founders

 

The founding members of ARTEFICIA NAVALIS are Dr. Karsten Busch und Ulrich Maehl.

In the beginning…

Herzogin Cecilie from 1903For more than 30 years, the hobby of Ulrich Maehl (graphic designer) was building model ships. When he started to build the four mast barque HERZOGIN CECILIE (1902), he noticed that there was no possible way in scale modelling to imitate rivets true to original – they were either punched or stuck on to resemble reality.

In 2002, as chance would have it, he got to know Dr. Karsten Busch (engineer) during professional work – who had also passionately built models in his basement since he was five years old. Due to their sense of community, Ulrich Maehl asked him the following question: “You as an engineer, how would you solve the problem with the rivets…?” And this was the keel laying date of ARTEFICIA NAVALIS. Nearly each weekend – if it was possible also during the week – both met passionately and intensively in Ulrich Maehl’s cellar to solve the problem with the rivets…

After 6 years…

Manufactory: rivitingAfter thousands of devoted hours Dr. Karsten Busch and Ulrich Maehl achieved their goal. They have developed a unique and successful manufacturing process – an electronic controlled production line – for micro-rivets (0,5 mm – 0,8 mm) in large numbers, and they have accomplished the development and manufacturing of special micro-rivet-tools, micro-cantilevers and micro-tongs in order to process rivets as it was done more than a century ago. In addition, they have acquired a comprehensive knowledge and expertise on historical vessel, yacht and bridge building, and they have gained a deep insight towards the different approaches of naval engineering.

They proved their acquired knowledge, unique methods and techniques by recreating not only the vessel HERZOGIN CECILIE (partially reconstructed) – the cornerstone of their “wharf” – but also the bridge JUNGFERNBRUECKE (entirely reconstructed) in Hamburg (1888) – the cornerstone of their vision.

Since then…

Reliance crossing finish-line August 25, 1903ARTEFICIA NAVALIS was founded as a limited company in Hamburg, Germany, on February 26th, 2008. Within the last five years, both Dr. Karsten Busch and Ulrich Maehl have further developed their “wharf’s” vision, values and structure and decided to recreate the America’s Cup yacht RELIANCE (1903) as one of the first AN artifacts as it reflects the company’s values.