I often receive emails from persons who are looking for passenger lists from their relatives' Atlantic crossings on board the ships of the Swedish American Line.
Of course I had heard of Ancestry.com, but I had no idea of the amount of amazing and invaluable information that can be found within seconds. In June this year, I subscribed to the World Deluxe membership and found passenger lists, crew lists, birth and death records, from both the USA and Sweden. Ancestry.com performs the search for you if you know a name, a year, and a place..
From now on, I am going to recommend Ancestry.com as the best and easiest gateway to historical documents about your ancestors.
Try Ancestry.com here.
My father was a member of a Swedish Men's Choir which made a two month tour of the USA in 1954, leaving Sweden on August 25 and returning on October 22. Such a long non-profit tour involving 40 middle aged men, leaving their jobs and families, mostly paying their way themselves, or through contributions along the tour, would be difficult to repeat today.
The choir made the westbound crossing on the Gripsholm of 1925 and the eastbound crossing on the Kungsholm of1953. I have now made seven web pages about the tour. The Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lindsborg, Kansas, has posted a link to the pages on their facebook page.
Lindsborg keeps the Swedish heritage alive. Click on their "like" button on facebook!
See the web pages about the road trip here.
Lis Brokmose has been in touch with singer Hanna Owen, http://salship.se/owen/owen1.asp
and I have received the following messages from Hanna in Florida:
Hello from Hanna Owen-Toemmervik. Madelein (Lis B) told me that you sent a hello to me and I send one back to you. We live in Florida, so we are warmer than you are in New England. I am sorry your wife is having health problems, hopefully she will do well again soon...
...Gerrit VanTriest and I worked together for years even after we both moved to Florida, until about 2 years ago, when I could no longer reach him, his phone has been disconnected and no address given of a move, I am afraid of the worst, BUT I hope he has moved back to Holland ( without telling me which would be strange).
I am glad you and your wife are doing well, thank you for your e-mail and please keep in touch....
David Leidenborg has found a cocktail menu from 1970, and has a question about two of the drinks on the list.
What is a Gripsholm Special for $0.40 and a Kungsholm Special for $0.55?
I know that a Whiskey Special was pure apple juice, and a Champagne Special was the non-alcoholic soft drink "Pommac". These drinks were ordered by the ships' officers who would have to attend 3-5 cocktail parties before dinner, every day.
But were the Gripsholm Special and the Kungsholm Special something else?
I am now back in Sweden after three months in the USA. There are a lot of exciting photos and stories about SAL waiting to be posted on salship.se, among them a great contribution containing pictures from the Gripsholm in the 1930's. It will all be posted in the days and weeks to come. Be sure to look in often!
The efforts to save the Kungsholm as a floating hotel in Gothenburg or Stockholm did not succeed. Still, many thanks to Mr Lars G Hallgren for all his work during the last four years, at great expense, to save the Kungsholm!
The ship has been purchased by a group of investors, to be converted in Oman for $30M into a hotel with 250 luxury cabins, intended to be placed in the Persian Gulf.
Source: The "Save the Kungsholm" group on Facebook.
The newspaper Stockholm City reported on October 4 that the Kungsholm is still being considered to become a student hotel, in competetion with Regina Baltica.
Comment: Of course, the EU regulations force the city to request offers from several companies.
I apologize for incorrectly writing earlier that this was reported by Metro.