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The website was started in 1998, when my sons and I needed some kind of activity during a rainy summer week. Since then the website has developed into a huge portal and resource about an important part of 20th century shipping and Swedish corporate history. The site also plays a central part in my interest in the Swedish - American heritage.

Sad News About Kungsholm

About SALPosted by Lars Hemingstam Jun 13, 2010 11:27:41

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

Photo:Tommy Stark

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.