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Angel Jose Ramon Canel, the son of ship owner and Captain Ramon Suarez Canel and Josephina Lanza Trellers, was born on 29/10/1771 in Puerto Vega Asturias. True to his ancestors, he also went to sea and fought as a soldier for Spain on the side of England against France. He was most likely captured by the French at the Battle of Aboukir  and was detained on a Mediterranean island.

He eventually managed to escape to St. Petersburg on a Russian sailboat, from where he sailed as captain and super cargo for years to Lübeck, Hamburg, Chile and Peru. In the northern German city of Lübeck, he met and married his wife Dorothea Catharina Hermann. The retreating Russian troops from the war won against France forced him and his wife to flee to Hamburg, during which their first son, Friedrich Heinrich Ramon Canel was born on 8/04/1812.

Due to the restrictions imposed by Napoleon's continental blockade, he had to abandon his seafaring profession and then in 1813 founded the company Canel at Stubbenhuck No. 41 in Hamburg. Even then, the company traded marine equipment - mainly canvas, linen and cordage from Russia, Belgium and Holland. Under the management of his son, Friedrich Heinrich Ramon, the company set up its own residential and commercial building with a five-storey storehouse at Baumwall 13/14 in 1842.


Hamburg 1813/14

Friedrich Heinrich Ramon's two younger sons, Ramon Canel Junior and Richard Ramon Canel, became also partners in the company and consequently the name was changed to "Canel & Sohn" in 1845.

As the economy began to flourish again after the Franco-German war of 1870/71, the family company became involved in partnershipped shipping lines and maintained its own storage rooms in Hamburg and Denmark. It mainly supplied shipping companies, shipyards, fishing and export companies.

In the 1880s, Canel & Sohn had the first harbour barge built as a publicity stunt for the Daimler company. First ridiculed and considered to be life-threatening, this vehicle served as a model for the many barges that shaped the image of the Port of Hamburg for decades.

After the First World War, sailing ships declined rapidly and the demand for canvas corresponded to this declining trend, because from this point even the smallest boats used a motor. In contrast, the demand for steel wire rope construction for large ships steadily increased and the company adapted its products to this change.

After the Second World War, all the Canel & Sohn storerooms were destroyed. There was also no longer a German merchant fleet, which meant trade with steel wire ropes and cordage could only be operated minimally. The goods that could be traded again came about in the form of American Army canvas and tents that were first implemented in shops established by sail-makers and harbour businesses.

After reconstruction and the resulting increasing trading activity, the company was gradually transferred to new premises on Zippelhaus 2 and Neue Gröninger Straße by 1960 under the management of Richard Ramon Canel.

The devastating tsunami of 1962 hit thousands of Hamburg residents hard and Canel & Sohn was also not left unscathed. All basement and ground floor rooms of the new buildings were flooded and the level of damage was high.

In 1975, Friedrich Ramon Canel began his duties as a partner and manager and in 1981 he was followed by Michael Krisch in the same position. The premises in Zippelhaus became outdated and many floors were extremely impractical. In 1987, the company therefore decided to acquire new company premises of 2000 m² in Großmannstraße 8. The warehouse from then on could be reached with a forklift and  truck.

The business continued to expand, and in 2006 an adjacent property was purchased and an additional warehouse of 900 m² was built. Today, the company is in its sixth generation and is managed by Friedrich Ramon Canel and Michael Krisch with 14 employees. Canel & Sohn`s customers are national and international shipping companies, port companies, and export and trading companies. They will continue to be supplied with ropes, cable ropes, lashing equipment, chain slings, shackles, lifting belts, canvas and tarpaulins.

friedrich heinrich ramon canel

Friedrich Heinrich Ramon Canel


Firmengebäude am Baumwall

Company building at Baumwall 13/14


Richard Ramon Canel

Richard Ramon Canel





Richard Ramon Canel (II)

Richard Ramon Canel (II)