Chile um 1900

Growth and public service


The newly independent countries of South America and the growing number of settlers in Australia result in the creation of new shipping connections. To say nothing of the golden age of trade with China which begins just about this time. Young businessman Carl Laeisz, taken into the family company by father Ferdinand in 1852, urges his father to buy two small ships.


The income from these two ships alone is so high that father and son decide to commission the construction of yet another ship, ultimately paving the way for their entrance into the shipping business. The new ship is christened after Carl's wife, nicknamed "Pudel" (poodle) for her curly hair. A statue of a poodle stands on top of the Laeiszhof on Trostbrücke between the two towers in memory of Carl's wife. Choosing names beginning with the letter "P" soon becomes a Laeisz tradition, a tradition that is valid until the present day.


F. Laeisz founds the Hamburgischer Rettungsverein (Hamburg Rescue Organisation) in 1861, later to be renamed Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (German Society for Rescuing Shipwrecked). The close connection between the Laeisz shipping company and this rescue organization has remained to this day. It's Hamburg representative has his office in the Laeiszhof, Trostbrücke 1.


A Laeisz tallship drops anchor in the Chilean port of Valparaiso for the first time, thus laying the cornerstone for regular West coast transports of sodium nitrate and guano to Europe. Shortly thereafter, the shipping line will come to epitomize the sailing route large ships take around Cape Horn to and from Chile.

Carl Laeisz
Portrait Carl Laeisz, son of the founder Ferdinand Laeisz
"Laeisz poodle"
Laeisz poodle
Laeisz medal with ribbon for brave maritime salvage
Laeisz medal
Chile, about 1900
Großsegler im chilenischen Hafen von Valparaiso um 1900