His first ship was the brick Carl, built by J. Meyer in 1839.
When Carl started to assist his father in 1852, other ships had been built and the company was growing quickly.
In 1857, a barque was ordered and delivered by the Stülcken shipyards.
She was named Pudel (poodle) as Carl's wife, Sophie, was nicknamed Pudel by the family members.
The most famous " P-liners " were their only five-masted barque, the Potosi, the enormous five-masted (full rigger) ship, the Preussen, and finally their last ships, the eight sisters serie of four-masted barques.
After 1880, the ships bought on a second hand were also renamed with a name starting with 'P'.
Carl Laeisz put his ships on the south american nitrate trade. " Meine Schiffe können und sollen schnelle Reisen machen " My ships can and will be able to do the faster voyages Carl Laeisz said. And his ships were fast, strong and very well fitted. These ships are among the largest ever built. They were built for the hardest voyage, the Cape Horn passage from east to west.
At the begining of the century, Carl Ferdinand prematurely dead, Carl set up a directoire to manage the company until the majority of his grand- sons.
At the end of the 20's, Paul Ganssauge decided to give up the chilean nitrate trade, in competition with the industrial production, to turn the fleet into steam ships (the first Laeisz steam ship was the POSEIDON in 1923) and to change some sail ships into sail-training ships.
The four masted barque Padua, built by Tecklenborg was the last cargo sailing ship built and she had already accomodations for cadets. The Depression in 1931 forced Laeisz to lay up some of his ships.
In 1936, the partnership was extended to his elder son Willy Ganssauge. At this time, the company had restarted its business of banana transportation with her subsidiary African Fruit Company, owner of plantations before the First World war.
After the war, most of her ships destroyed of seized, the company restarted her activity in fruits import- export and passengers transport.
In 1954, Christine Von Mitzlaff-Laeisz, Willy's daughter, became a
The Laeisz compagny still exists.
The end of a glorious era