I received a very sad news alert indeed today, when I learned that scrap buyers are soon to inspect the Kungsholm. Of course, this must not necessarliy be the end, there is still hope that Mr Hallgren will be able to save the Kungsholm, but it's very disturbing news.
If this should become a reality, it is very important to save the artwork that still exists on the ship. Unfortunately the small statues in the auditorium, portraying the Nobility, the Clergy, the Burghers and the Peasants, have disappeared. But it's very important to save the large intarsia, which belongs in a museum.
Photo: Stefanie Spieker
Örjan Slätte, former Information Officer on the Gripsholm, has added these comments:
This intarsia was present on the Kungsholm of 1953. It is called "Figures and buildings in Swedish history". The characters go back about one thousand years, and the geographic presentation, from left to right, shows Sweden from the West Coast to the East. The artist's name was Rudolf Blomberg.