What were ...

… The 50-sheds?

The four 50-sheds were the most modern warehouses of their time. They could each unload two ocean-going vessels at the same time using electric half-gantry cranes.


... the "Einteiler"

As an Organizer, the "Einteiler" arranged the work at the sheds. Rupert Görtschacher reports on his time at HHLA’s general cargo Shed 75.


... The former customers fence?

A three-metre high chain-link fence reinforced with barbed wire stretches along the quay walls on Zollkanal (Customs Canal). This relic once secured the Freeport status of Speicherstadt.


... the pneumatic post at HHLA?

For decades, HHLA operated a pneumatic post system using compressed air. The speed of transport actually beat the tempo of today’s e-mails once these have been checked for spam and viruses.



Speicherstadt has been and remains an innovative logistics location. The rail-mounted winch-head already embodied the principle underlying the container gantry crane.



... A Quartermaster?

The quartermaster checked high-value goods imported from all over the world before storing them on the upper floors of the Speicherstadt for Hamburg merchants.