Noblessner is situated by the sea in Tallinn, near the Seaplane Harbour. Two businessmen from St. Petersburg – Emanuel Nobel (Alfred Nobel’s nephew) and Arthur Lessner – established the most important submarine factory in Tsarist Russia here in 1912. The surnames of the two men were combined when naming the factory Noblessner. Between 1913 and 1917, altogether twelve modern submarines were built here. When Estonia gained independence, submarine production at Noblessner came to an end, but shipbuilding and shipyard operations continued until August 2018.
In 2001, Noblessner was acquired by BLRT Grupp, who is involved in the development of this area with its business partners. By now, Noblessner with its unique architectural heritage has become a quayside community open to the people and the sea.