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#33
July 29, 2017, 11:52 pm
Ronald Policastro
1971
I worked initially at the SAL New York office in 1970 (hired by Louis Barry). Then in June 1971, I was a cruise staff member (hired by Olof Ollen) on the Gripsholm then later on the Kungsholm in July 1971 to the North Cape. Still fondly have wonderful memories of the entire employee staff
and how courteous and encouraging everyone was to me including cruise director Herbert Colcord. Trying to get in contact with any prior
employees at the New York office or any SAL cruise staff in 1971..... please email me.
DrPolicastro@aol.com
#30
June 16, 2017, 12:40 am
Gianfranco Mazzanti
My Mother, Elisa Di Ruggiero, her two brothers and their parents traveled from Lisbon to New York in the Drottningholm in June 1942. They arrived to NY in June 30. I am very grateful for all the information on the ship. I Wonder where can I find pictures from that trip, and the passenger list.
Comment:
Ancestry.com has some passenger lists, but not all. The NY Times archives has some articles about the Drottningholm and Gripsholm arrivals in New York. And there are some passenger manifests archived at the National Archives in Washington DC.
#29
March 22, 2017, 2:41 pm
I had posted in the old guestbook about Captain Karl Elquist and my Dad, Dalhousie NB Can. Customs Officer and their friendship. As a child I visited S.A.L freighters as they loaded newsprint in the 1960's. The Rybalholm, Uddeholm and Tunaholm ( prob. some misspelling)were cargo ships plying between here and South America and Europe.My new e-mail is: grantmurchie@gmail.com should anyone wish to reminisce.u
#28
March 14, 2017, 2:23 pm
JAN-ERIK JOHANSSON
Kungsholm 1962/64
3rd/2nd officer. Nice memories of the South Sea "Cruise of a life time" 1963.
#26
March 13, 2017, 8:18 pm
Michael Blum
Refused Passage on Gripsolhm 1938
In 1938, my parents arrived on the dock in New York to take their honeymoon cruise to The Bahamas on this ship. They were refused boarding, and were told the Jewish quota was already full. They never received an apology. What a heritage this liner and line has.
#25
September 18, 2016, 10:39 am
Otto Friedrich
1966-1973
Hello Mr. Heminstam and crew members!
Last summer I digitalize my S8 and Dias from my great times as a dining- and roomsteward on the M/S Gripsholm and M/S Kungsholm.
I want to spend now some photos for those nice websites. .If anyone
like to have contact with me, my E-mailadress is ottofriedrich@web.de. I leave in Konstanz/Bodensee/BRD.
Many greetings Otto Friedrich
M/S Kungsholm
Comment:
I have replied to Mr Otto Friedsrich's posting,
Lars Hemingstam
Webmaster
#24
September 5, 2016, 5:08 pm
Reinhard Postl
1962 to 63 and 1966 to 1970
Hallo,
Nice to see that SAL still is alive somehow.
I was a crew member (dining room steward) on the Gripsholm in 1962 to 63. Later in 1966 I made the maiden voyage with the new Kungsholm and was several times again for different cruises up to 1970 in dining room and cabins as steward. It really was a great time to see the world and make lots of experiences. Lots of former colleges have paste away.
I am Austrian and lived and worked for some decades in Germany. Now I am back again in beautiful Vienna. All the best wishes to all of those who remember me and our good time together on SAL, which are still going strong…
Yours – Reinhard Postl
#23
August 19, 2016, 12:43 pm
Lars-Eric Winsten
1965-1979
I have Picture from Sagaholm, Hirado, Indus
#22
May 25, 2016, 7:39 am
J Gary Dunn
1942
My father Harold S. Dunn sailed on the Gripsholm after being released from Bridge House Jail in Shanghai. He first sailed on the Conte Verde and then transferred to the Gripsholm at Lourenco Marques. My father was a businessman in Asia from 1931 to 1941. He aslo worked for U.S. Naval Intelligence.
#21
April 27, 2016, 10:50 pm
Luther Strasen
June21, 1945
My parents were Lutheran missionaries in India since 1922 and returned to America on the Gripsholm for another furlough with my brother and me. I was eleven years old but well remember the voyage. Leaving Bombay, the seas were heavy and many of the passengers were seasick. With the signage on the sides of the ship and the decks, well lit at night, any Japanese warships could not mistake its neutrality. The weather brightened before entering the Red Sea and the rest of the voyage was calm. We were not allowed off the ship at the two stops at Port Said and Piraeus. Our first accomodations were on a lower deck with four bunk beds, no porthole, and restroom and showerroom down the hallway. When we reached Greece, my father asked for a better cabin and we were given a room that looked out to an upper deck - lovely it was! Greek refugees were boarded at Piraeus and they were given the lower cabins. My friend Norman and I one day went to a lower deck, found the entrance to the foremast and climbed up to the crow's nest. The sailor on duty smiled and allowed us to stay awhile. There were many missionary families on board and worship services and entertainment for the children abounded. We sat at a designated table with the same food steward throughout. The food was tasty. It certainly did not feel there was war going on, though one American sailor told me that if the Japanese would stop the ship for inspection, he would be put on a lifeboat and executed away from the ship. After seeing Gibralter and then crossing the Atlantic, the sight of the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor was very special. After we docked on August 3, 1945, soon afterwards the first atom bomb was dropped and the war came to an end.
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