The site will inform viewers of the history behind the Hindenburg. Inform the viewer of the Hindenburg disaster associated with it but also give insight of the Hindenburg’s life as a tool for propaganda as well as a passenger vessel. The site will give information on some of the inner working of the Hindenburg as well as some of the leisurely features.
3 – 5 Intended audiences (be very specific):
Students who are required to research information on the Hindenburg.
Those interested in the history of mass transportation
People who care to find information of war time propaganda (in this case the use of the Hindenburg as propaganda for the Nazis)
People who wish to find out more information about airships and the history behind them.
4 - 6 Objectives for the Web site (1 sentence each)
Give an extended history on the Hindenburg as done for propaganda.
Give an easy to understand view of some of the inner workings of the Hindenburg’s technology.
Tell the viewer information about the Hindenburg as a passenger vehicle, such as its leisurely accommodations.
Tell of the operational procedures that were required of the Hindenburg.
Give information on the Hindenburg disaster as well as the studies conducted to try and find the cause.
Copy/text: Welcome! This sights purpose is to inform you about the large and varied history behind the Hindenburg.
Primary page 1:
Page title: History
Copy/text: The Hindenburg was originally created by Hugo Eckener and the Zeppelin Company to build airships that were specifically built to accomplish intercontinental passenger transportation. Due to a fiery crash of a British airship R-101 in October of 1930, the Zeppelin were convinced Company altered its plan with the intention of making a ship capable of flight through helium lift. Helium is heavier than hydrogen thus it provides less lift, so the airship itself would have to be much larger than a hydrogen airship. Due to this they produced a 7 million cubic feet airship named the Hindenburg. The Zeppelin Company purchased pieces of the wreckage of the British R-101 to use metal and fabricate components for the Hindenburg.
The construction of the Hindenburg began in the fall of 1931, however progress was difficult due to a lack of funds during the Depression. The Nazi Party’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels saw potential in the Hindenburg’s symbolic value as a symbolism of German’s strength and technology. In 1934 Goebbels offered Hugo Eckener 2 million marks towards the completion of the Hindenburg. Once the Hindenburg was built the airship was constantly called for propaganda flights. Hindenburg made appearances at public events such as the 1936 Berlin Games and the Nuremberg party rally.
Primary page 2:
Page title: Technology
Copy/text: The design of the Hindenburg was conventional and based on technology used by chief designer Ludwig Durr and the Zeppelin Company for decades. The airship was built with triangular duralumin girders creating 15 main rings connecting 36 longitudal girders, with a triangular keel at the bottom of the hull and an axial corridor at the center of the ship, as well as a cruciform tail for strength.
A technological advancement of the Hindenburg was the airship’s shape and dimensions. The ship was 30 feet longer than the Graf zeppelin and carried around twice the volume of lifting gas due to its large diameter and rounder profile. The thicker shape also gave the Hindenburg greater structural integrity against bending stress.
Primary page 3:
Page title: Leisure
Copy/text: Unlike the Graf Zeppelin the passenger accommodation aboard the Hindenburg was contained within the hull of the ship. The “A Deck” of the Hindenburg contained the Dining Room, Lounge, Writing Room, Port and Starboard Promenades, as well as 25 double-berth cabins. The passenger accommodations were decorative in the clean design style of architect Professor Fritz August Breuhaus. The lodging also had majorly improved heating compared to the Graf zeppelin, which was unheated.
The Dining Room of the Hindenburg occupied the entire length of the port side of A Deck at around 47 feet by 13 feet. The room was decorated with paintings on silk wallpaper by Professor Otto Arpke. The tables and chairs were designed by Frtz August Breuhaus using lightweight tubular aluminum.
The Lounge was at the starboard side of A Deck were the Writing room was as well. The Lounge was approximately 34 feet long and was decorated with murals by Arpke that depicted the routes and ships of explorers Ferdinand Magellan, Captain Cook, Vasco de Gama, and Christopher Columbus, the transatlantic crossing of LZ-126 (USS Los Angeles), the Round-the-World flight and South American crossings of LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin, and the North Atlantic tracks of the great German ocean liners Bremen and Europa. The furniture in the Lounge was designed similarly ro the tables and chairs in the Dining Room by Breuhaus. The Lounge contained a 356 pound grand piano made of Duralumin to meet the strict weight limits of dirigibles.