MS Gripsholm Archival Collection

M.S. Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line.

M.S. Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line. SAL Information for Passengers, 15 November 1952. GGA Image ID # 1eb933c874

 

 

Gripsholm (1925) Swedish-American Line

Built by Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., Newcastle, England. Tonnage: 17,716. Dimensions: 553' x 74' (574' O.I.). Twin-screw, 17 knots. Motorship. Two masts and two funnels. Note: The first trans-Atlantic liner with Diesel motors. Passengers: 127 first, 482 second, 948 third. Crew: 430. Maiden voyage: Gothenburg-New York, November 21,1925. WWII Service: She became famous as a repatriation ship during World War II. Post War Service: Resumed regular passenger service in March 1946. Modifications: Tonnage increased to 19,105. Passengers: (post-war) 210 first and 710 tourist. New Owners: Sold to German owners in 1954. Renamed: Berlin (1955).

 

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Passenger Lists

 

Front Cover, Cabin and Tourist Passenger List for the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing on 19 September 1936 from Gothenburg to New York

1936-09-19 SS Gripsholm Passenger List

Cabin and Tourist Passenger List for the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing on 19 September 1936 from Gothenburg to New York, Commanded by Captain J. M. Renström.

 

Front Cover, Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger list for the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing 18 June 1946 from Gothenburg to New York.

1946-06-18 SS Gripsholm Passenger List

Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger list for the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing 18 June 1946 from Gothenburg to New York, Voyage No. 131 West, Commanded by Captain S. Ericsson.

 

Front Cover, First Class Passenger List for the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing 21 June 1950 from Gothenburg to New York.

1950-06-21 SS Gripsholm Passenger List

First Class Passenger List for the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing 21 June 1950 from Gothenburg to New York, Voyage No. 176 West, Commanded by Captain S. Ericsson.

 

Front Cover, Swedish American Line MS Gripsholm Tourist Passenger List - 17 July 1953.

1953-07-17 SS Gripsholm Passenger List

Tourist Passenger List from the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing Friday, 17 July 1953 from Gothenburg to New York, Voyage No. 213, Commanded by Captain S. Ericson.

 

Front Cover of a First Class Passenger List from the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing 22 October 1953 from Gothenburg To New York

1953-10-22 SS Gripsholm Passenger List

First Class Passenger List from the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line, Departing 22 October 1953 from Gothenburg To New York, Commanded by Captain S. ERICSON.

 

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Menus

 

Menu Cover, Farewell Dinner Menu, M.S. Gripsholm, Swedish American Line, First Class, 1950

1950-06-29 M.S. Gripsholm Farewell Dinner Menu

Farewell Dinner Bill of Fare from the M.S. Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line for Thursday, 29 June 1950 featured Pheasant à la Louis XVI and Fillet of English Sole Maison D'or.

 

Front Cover of a Vintage Dinner Menu from Sunday, 25 October 1953 on board the MS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line.

1953-10-25 MS Gripsholm Dinner Menu

Vintage Dinner Menu from Sunday, 25 October 1953 on board the MS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line featured Roast Saddle of Lamb à l'Orloff; Fillet of Elk Forestière; and Mocca Cake for Dessert.

 

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Passage Contracts, Tickets, and Receipts

 

Swedish American Line Prepaid Tourist Class Westbound Passage Ticket, Departing from Bremerhaven for New York, Dated 13 November 1951.

MS Gripsholm Prepaid Passage Contract - 13 November 1951

Prepaid Tourist Class Passage Ticket dated 13 November 1951 for German Immigrant, Departing from Bremerhaven on 24 February 1952 and arriving in New York on 6 March 1962 on the MS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line. Toral Fare was $193.00 Including $8 Head Tax.

 

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Route Maps, Track Charts, Abstract of Logs

 

Route Map of the Swedish American Line Including Distances in Miles from Various Points.

Route Map of the Swedish American Line Including Distances in Miles from Various Points. SS Gripsholm Passenger List, 19 September 1936. GGA Image ID # 1eb600449d

 

Route Map of Swedish American Line with Distances in Nautical Miles. SS Gripsholm Passenger List, 21 June 1950.

Route Map of Swedish American Line with Distances in Nautical Miles. SS Gripsholm Passenger List, 21 June 1950. GGA Image ID # 1eb74af935

 

Route Map and Track Chart, Swedish American Line MS Gripsholm Tourist Passenger List, 17 July 1953.

Route Map and Track Chart, Swedish American Line MS Gripsholm Tourist Passenger List, 17 July 1953. GGA Image ID # 12c7b00e8a

 

Route Map and Table of Distances, SS Gripsholm First Class Passenger List, 22 October 1953.

Route Map and Table of Distances, SS Gripsholm First Class Passenger List, 22 October 1953. GGA Image ID # 1f424353ea

 

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Sailing Schedules

 

Sailing Schedule, Gothenborg-New York, from 18 June 1946 to 7 December 1946.

Sailing Schedule, Gothenborg-New York, from 18 June 1946 to 7 December 1946. Ships Included the (Dr) Drottningholm and (Gr) Gripsholm. The voyage from Gothenburg—New York, typically nine days, will be about two days longer when the ship calls at Liverpool. SS Gripsholm Passenger List, 18 June 1946. GGA Image ID # 1eb6e3a5c9

 

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Excerpts from Information for Passengers

 

Information for Passengers - 19 September 1936

THE PURSER'S OFFICE on the B-Deck is open between: 9—11 a.m. and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

MEALS are served as under:

First class

  • Breakfast at 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Bouillon and crackers at 11 a. m
  • Luncheon at 1—2:30 p.m
  • Tea at 4:30 p. m
  • Dinner at 7—8:30 p. m
  • Buffet at about 10:30 p. m

Tourist class

  • Breakfast at 8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
  • Tea or coffee at 3:30 p.m.
  • Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
  • Buffet at about 10 p. m

A bugle and a gong will be sounded half an hour before and at the beginning of meals in the first and tourist class respectively.

SEATS AT THE DINING TABLES will be assigned by the Chief Stewards in the respective classes immediately after departure and regard will be shown, as far as possible, to the wishes of the passengers. Children under 10 paying half fare, and servants are, as a rule, served their meals separately.

FORMAL DRESS at dinner, although optional, is suggested for passengers in First Class.

LIGHTS are turned out in the Saloons and in the Smoking Rooms at 12 midnight. After this hour and up to 7:00 am Decks and Public Rooms are usually not accessible to passengers.

SMOKING. Passengers are kindly requested not to smoke in the Dining Saloons.

BAGGAGE. Only hand baggage and »Cabin trunks» are allowed in the staterooms. Such baggage must be provided with »Stateroom» labels. Baggage marked »Wanted» is placed in the Baggage Rooms, which are accessible every day between 11:00 am to 12 noon and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Baggage not marked in the said way will be placed in the hold and will not be accessible during the voyage.

EXTRA TABLES for use in cabins may be had through the stateroom steward, who has a limited number at his disposal.

TYPEWRITERS. A limited number is set apart for the use of passengers. Apply to the Purser's Office.

DECK CHAIRS, STEAMER RUGS, and CHAIR CUSHIONS may be rented from the Deck Steward at a charge of Kr. 5:50, Kr. 5:50 and Kr. 2:75 respectively, for the voyage. — Blankets and pillows must not be taken from the staterooms for use on deck.

GYMNASIUM. Adjoining the aquasanium on the F-deck is the ship's spacious gymnasium, equipped with all forms of mechanical apparatus.

BATHS. Passengers should order baths from the Bathroom Steward or the Stewardess. The bathrooms are open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm All baths are free of charge.

MASSAGE. The services of competent Masseurs and Masseuses are available at nominal charges. Appointment may be made through the Purser's Office.

MEDICAL ATTENTION. A Physician and Surgeon approved by the Royal Swedish Board of Health and experienced Nurses are employed on board. Doctor's Office is located on B-deck aft. Office hours 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm but the Doctor may, if necessary, be consulted at any other time. In the case of illness originating on board, no charges will be made, and such medicines as are prescribed by the Ship's Surgeon will be furnished free of charge.

DIVINE SERVICE will generally be held on Sundays and Holy Days. Due notice will be given in the morning.

TRAP SHOOTING. Weather permitting, trap shooting with clay pigeons will be arranged daily. Further announcement will be found on Bulletin Board.

BARBERS, HAIRDRESSERS, and MANICURISTS are at the service of passengers between 8:00 am to 9:00 am, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

LIBRARY. Against a deposit of Kr. 10:— and receipt given to the Deck Steward, books may be borrowed, but must be returned not later than the day before arrival in port. Deposits will be refunded at the end of the voyage, or when books are returned.

MUSIC. The musicians of the Line are paid for their services by the Company and may not in any form solicit contributions from the passengers.

VALUABLES. In no case is the Company responsible for money, jewellery or other valuables, the property of passengers. Passengers are warned not to leave valuables of any kind lying about in their staterooms. Money and other valuables may be deposited in a safe at Purser's Office. As, however, the Company makes no charge for taking care of the articles, it also accepts no responsibility for loss or damage from whatever cause arising.

MAIL to passengers, sent to the care of the Company or its vessels, is delivered on board before docking at New York. Those expecting letters should inquire for such and leave their forwarding address at the Purser's Office prior to debarkation.

RADIOGRAMS. The liner maintains direct radio commu-nication with America and Europe throughout the voyage and is also communicating with ships in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Radio Operator will receive messages for transmission and quote rates for radiograms and Ocean letters. For further information apply to the Radio Office on Boat-deck.

GAMES of HAZARD are prohibited.

RESTRICTIONS. Passengers are restricted to the class for which their tickets call, unless an important reason can be proved for entering the accommodation reserved for another class. The Purser will in such case give the permission required.

CUSTOMS DECLARATION FOR BAGGAGE. Persons domiciled in, and returning to America, in order to avoid any difficulty with the Custom Authorities at New York, should, when onboard making out the »Baggage declaration and entry», be careful precisely to enumerate such articles as have been acquired during the sojourn in Europe, and now brought into America. This is highly important.

EXAMINATION ON Arrival. The data of information which, before embarking, each passenger supplies about himself, are entered upon so-called »Manifests » for handing to American or Canadian Immigration Authorities at the port of destination. The Authorities concerned then being in possession of such data, it is most important that the passengers at their examination on disembarking should be careful not to make any statement not in accordance with those previously given.

ARRIVALS AT NEW YORK. Passengers are landed at Pier No. 97, Foot of West 57th Street. When the required examination by the immigration officials has been completed, passengers should have their stateroom baggage brought ashore by the bedroom steward.

After having ascertained that all baggage corresponding with the entry on the baggage declaration is available on the pier, the passenger should proceed to the Custom Assignment Desk and there present coupon detached on board from the baggage declaration.

A custom inspector will be assigned for inspection of the baggage, and after its completion the passenger should have one of the uniformed porters to convey the baggage outside the custom's enclosure.

Passengers desiring to have their baggage transferred by express to railroad station or local address, will find Express Companies represented immediately outside the baggage enclosure.

Passengers are specially requested to claim their baggage before leaving the custom's baggage enclosure on the pier, as otherwise considerable delay and extra charge for carriage will be incurred in forwarding to destination any baggage not accompanying passengers on railway.

AN INFORMATION BOOTH with representatives from the Line in attendance will be found immediately opposite the gangway.

PUBLIC TELEPHONES. Booths will be found at the exit of the pier.

TAXICABS can be rented at the exit of the pier.

FORWARDING of PASSENGERS. For the convenience of all passengers disembarking at our pier in New York, who are destined to interior points, the Railroad Lines out of New York, as well as Steamship Lines for Boston, have representatives on the pier to meet passengers and arrange to issue railroad tickets to all points in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as tickets to Boston, per steamer.

These representatives will also arrange to check baggage through from our pier to destination, relieving passengers of the annoyance of purchasing their tickets at the depot or re-checking their baggage. Transfer charges from our pier to rail depots or steamship dock must be paid by passengers.

REFUND OF HEAD TAX. With certain exceptions all passengers other than citizens of the United States of America have to pay a so-called »Head Tax», amounting to $8:—. This tax is collected together with the purchase price of the ocean fare.

Pursuant to the »Immigration Rules» of May 17, 1917, any person who, when landing at the USA, does inform the Landing Officer that he intends to depart from the U. S.A. within 60 days after the date of arrival, will on request receive from the Immigration Inspector a certificate stating the date of landing (Form. 514).

On embarking for departure the traveller should hand this certificate along with receipt for Head Tax paid to the Purser who, provided the traveller has not remained in the USA a longer period than that specified therein (60 days), will refund the amount paid in respect of the said tax.

Only those passengers who have already on their arrival in the USA made a statement as above and received such certificate are entitled to any refund of the Head Tax. Application for such refund should be made to the Purser or to any of the Company's offices not later than 90 days after the date of arrival, or no refund can be made.

Notice of Quarantine No. 37

The United States Department of Agriculture, Plant Quarantine and Control Administration, advises under »Notice of Quarantine No. 37», that plants, soil or other similar materials cannot be imported into the United States, either as souvenirs or in any other category.

Returning passengers, particularly those emanating from the battle fields, are caused intense disappointment through having such materials confiscated by the Customs. This regulation is brought to the notice of all passengers, especially those destined to the battle fields, who for sentimental reasons may be inclined to obtain such materials for souvenirs, etc.

Source: SS Gripsholm Passenger List - 19 September 1936

 

Information for Passengers - 18 June 1946

THE PURSER’S OFFICE on B-Deck is open between 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

THE OFFICE on C-deck is kept opon for money exchange for Tourist Class passengers between 11:00 am to 12 noon

MEALS are served as follows:

Cabin class and Tourist class
Meal First Sitting Second Sitting
Breakfast 8:00 am 9,15 a. m.
Luncheon 12 noon 1:15 pm
Tea 4:00 pm  
Dinner 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

A bugle and a gong will be sounded at the beginning of meals in the Cabin class and Tourist class respectively.

SEATS AT THE DINING TABLES will be assigned by the Chief Stewards in the respective classes immediately after departure, and regard will be shown, as far as possible, to wishes of the passengers.

LIGHTS are turned out in the Saloons at 11:00 pm and in the Smoking Rooms at 12 midnight. After this hour and up to 7:00 am Decks and Public Rooms are as a rule not accessible to passengers.

SMOKING. Passengers are kindly requested not to smoke in the Music Rooms and Libraries.

To promote safety, passengers are earnestly requested to exercise care in disposing of cigar and cigarette ends and matches. Lighted cigarettes, etc., thrown overboard, might be drawn into open portholes, due to air suction caused by the ship in motion. Kindly extinguish cigarettes, matches, etc., before disposing of same.

IRONING is not allowed in the passengers’ accommodations.

BAGGAGE. Only hand baggage and »Steamer trunks» are allowed in the staterooms. Such baggage must be provided with »Stateroom» labels. Baggage marked »Wanted» is placed in the Baggage Rooms, which are accessible every day between 11:00 am to 12 noon and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Baggage not marked in the said way will be placed in the hold and will not be accessible during the voyage.

TYPEWRITERS. A limited number is available for the use of passengers. Apply to the Purser’s Office.

DECK CHAIRS, STEAMER RUGS, and CHAIR CUSHIONS may be rented from the Deck Steward at a charge of $ 2, $ 1:50 and $ 1:—;, respectively, for the voyage. — Blankets and pillows must not be taken from the staterooms for use on deck.

GYMNASIUM. Adjoining the Aquasanium is the ship’s Gymnasium. It is equipped with mechanical apparatus and is open during the bath hours.

BATHS. Passengers should order baths from the Bathroom Stewards. The Bathrooms are open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm All baths are free of charge.

MASSAGE. Swedish massage is given by skilled masseurs and masseuses at a fee of $ 2:— per treatment. Appointments are made at the Purser’s Office.

MEDICAL ATTENTION. A Physician and Surgeon approved by the Royal Swedish Board of Health is employed onboard. Doctor’s Office is located on B-deck aft. Office hours 4.30—5.30 pm, but the Doctor may, if necessary, be consulted at any other time. In the case of illness originating on board, no charges will be made, and such medicines as are prescribed by the Ship’s Surgeon will be furnished free of charge. Experienced Nurses are employed on board.

DIVINE SERVICE will generally be held on Sundays and holy days. Due notice will be given in the morning.

TRAP SHOOTING. Weather permitting, trap shooting with clay pigeons will be arranged daily. Further announcement will be found on the Notice Boards.

BARBERS and HAIRDRESSERS are at the service of passengers between 9:00 am-1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

LIBRARY. Books may be borrowed in accordance with the rules of the Company upon application to the Deck Steward in respective classes. The full value of lost or damaged books must be paid by the borrower.

SHOPS are kept open, when at sea, weekdays during hours noticed on the boards.

MUSIC. The musicians of the Line are paid for their services by the Company and may not in any form solicit contributions from the passengers.

VALUABLES. In no case is the Company responsible for money, jewellery or other valuables, the property of passengers. Passengers are warned not to leave valuables of any kind lying about in their staterooms. Money and other valuables may be deposited in a safe at Purser’s Office. As, however, the Company makes no charge for taking care of the articles, it accepts no responsibility for loss or damage from wdiatever cause arising.

MAIL to passengers, sent to the care of the Company or its vessels, is delivered on board shortly before docking at New York. Those expecting letters should inquire for such and leave their forwarding address at the Purser’s Office prior to debarkation.

RADIOGRAMS AND RADIO TELEPHONE. For information apply to the Radio Office on Boat-deck.

GAMES of HAZARD are prohibited.

RESTRICTIONS. Passengers are restricted to the class, accommodations, decks, shop etc. for which their tickets call, unless an important reason can be proved for entering the accommodation reserved for another class. The purser will in such case give the permission required.

CUSTOMS DECLARATION FOR BAGGAGE. Every passenger entering the United States must make a »Baggage declaration and entry» which will be supplied by the Purser’s Office. Passengers must state in their declarations the prices actually paid for all articles purchased abroad and fair values for all articles obtained otherwise than by purchase, such as gifts, etc. Failure to observe this may result in imposing of severe penalties.

EXAMINATION ON Arrival. The data of information which, before embarking, each passenger supplies about himself, are entered upon so-called »Manifests» for handing to Immigration Authorities at the port of destination. The Authorities concerned then being in possession of such data, it is most important that the passengers at their examination on disembarking should be careful not to make any statement not in accordance with those previously given.

Arrival IN NEW YORK. Passengers are landed at Pier No. 97, Foot of West 57th Street. When the required examination by the immigration officials has been completed and the landing cards stamped, passengers should have their stateroom baggage brought ashore by the bedroom steward.

After having ascertained that all baggage corresponding with the entry on the »baggage declaration» is available on the pier, the passenger should proceed to the Custom Assignment Desk and there present coupon detached on board from the »baggage declaration».

A custom inspector will be assigned for inspection of the baggage, and after its completion the passenger should have one of the uniformed porters convey the baggage outside the custom's enclosure.

Passengers desiring to have their baggage transferred by express to railroad station or local address, will find Express service immediately outside the baggage enclosure.

Passengers are specially requested to claim their baggage before leaving the custom’s baggage enclosure on the pier, as otherwise considerable delay and extra charge will be incurred for storage and in forwarding to destination of any baggage not accompanying passengers on railway.

AN INFORMATION BOOTH with representatives from the Line in attendance will be found immediately opposite the gangway.

PUBLIC TELEPHONES. Booths will be found on the middle of and at the exit of the pier.

TAXICABS can be rented at the exit of the pier.

FORWARDING of PASSENGERS. For the convenience of all passengers disembarking at our pier in New York, who are destined to interior points, the Railroad Lines out of New York have representatives on the pier to meet passengers and arrange to issue railroad orders, exchangeable at the resp. depot to all points in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

These representatives will also arrange to check baggage through from our pier to destination, relieving passengers ot the formality of re-checking their baggage at the depot. Transfer charges from our pier to rail depots or steamship dock must be paid by passengers.

SERVICE — Although the war is over, normal conditions have not been restored. Despite our earnest desire to please and satisfy our passengers, circumstances may, at times, prevent our performing the services we would ordinarily give.

We would appreciate it if you would bear this in mind, as we hope to continue to enjoy your patronage and good will. However, there may be instances when, owing to misunderstandings, just cause for complaint arises.

We wish to impress upon passengers the importance of making such complaints to the Purser, or to the Commander when they make their daily rounds of inspection.

Swimming Pool, Steam Room and Electrical Baths

Simhall. Swimming pool.

In addition to numerous ordinary bathrooms there is on board an up to date Aquasanium with swimming pool, steam room, electrical baths and Gymnasium. No charges are made.

The Aquasanium is accessible either by the Cabin class lift or by the forward stairway in the corridor on C-deck.

Bathing-suit necessary only at mixed bathing.

Source: SS Gripsholm Passenger List - 18 June 1946

 

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Title Pages

 

Title Page, MS Gripsholm Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger List, 19 September 1936.

Title Page, MS Gripsholm Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger List, 19 September 1936. GGA Image ID # 1f43a3274e

 

Title Page, MS Gripsholm Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger List, 18 June 1946.

Title Page, MS Gripsholm Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger List, 18 June 1946. GGA Image ID # 1f43c6dc3b

 

Title Page, MS Gripsholm First Class Passenger List, Voyage 176 Westbound, 21 June 1950.

Title Page, MS Gripsholm First Class Passenger List, Voyage 176 Westbound, 21 June 1950. GGA Image ID # 1f4431779c

 

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Senior Officers and Staff

 

List of Senior Officers, MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 19 September 1936.

List of Senior Officers, MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 19 September 1936. GGA Image ID # 1f43a41791

 

List of Senior Officers and Staff, MS Gripsholm Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger List, 18 June 1946.

List of Senior Officers and Staff, MS Gripsholm Cabin and Tourist Class Passenger List, 18 June 1946. GGA Image ID # 1f43ebe98a

 

Senior Officers and Staff, MS Gripsholm Passenger List 21 June 1950.

Senior Officers and Staff, MS Gripsholm Passenger List 21 June 1950. GGA Image ID # 1f4456823d

 

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Officers Sleeve Stripes

 

SAL Insignias of the Personnel. MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 18 June 1946.

SAL Insignias of the Personnel. MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 18 June 1946. GGA Image ID # 1f442019aa

 

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Advertisements

 

Swedish American Line (SAL) Gift Packages.

Swedish American Line (SAL) Gift Packages. SS Gripsholm Passenger List, 21 June 1950. GGA Image ID # 1eb72c83c6

 

Remember your relatives and friends in Denmark, Finland and Sweden for the hospitality and kindness you have received. Send them a SAL gift package!

The contents and quality of the food products shipped are the best obtainable. The coffee, finest quality high grown in 1 lb. vacuum packed tins; the rice, extra quality whole grain in 1 lb. cardboard containers; the fruit, fancy quality each 12 ozs; the cinnamon, fancy ground in tins, the pineapple, sliced Hawaiian in 1 lb. 14 oz. can; the peaches, choice yellow cling halves in 1 lb. can and the apricots, choice halves unpeeled in 1 lb. can.

including the European duty delivered to destination

Exceptional advantages of this SAL service

Prompt dispatch on the »Gripsholm», »Stockholm» or fast SAL express freighters sailing regularly . . . Immediate delivery abroad. No delay in the European customs .... The duty is paid while the package is on its way .... The only American package service offering this advantage . . . Expert wrapping in special cartons, steel strapped to assure undamaged delivery.. . The Swedish American Line is a guarantee for delivery and quality.

Send your Gift packages regularly by paying for advance orders now.

Specify dates for future shipments.

Order your Swedish American Line Gift Packages at the Purser's Office on the ship or, if you prefer, mail directly to one of the American SAL Offices or your own Agent.

A Sal Gift Package Is Always Welcome

 

SAL (Swedish American Line) "Surprise" Package, 1953. MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 22 October 1953.

SAL (Swedish American Line) "Surprise" Package, 1953. MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 22 October 1953. GGA Image ID # 1f4383c095

 

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Other Ephemera

 

Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred, Sweden.

Gripsholm Castle, Mariefred, Sweden. The MS Gripsholm Was Named After This Place. Ocean Gazette, Kronprinzessin Cecilie Edition, 29 July 1914. GGA Image ID # 1f445aea4b

 

MS Gripsholm Ship Specifications. MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 18 June 1946.

MS Gripsholm Ship Specifications. MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 18 June 1946. GGA Image ID # 1f43ee09f7

 

Swimming Pool, Steam Room, and Electrical Baths.

Swimming Pool, Steam Room, and Electrical Baths. MS Gripsholm Passenger List, 18 June 1946. GGA Image ID # 1f4429098b

 

Map of the Swedish American Line Pier in New York with Reference Location of the M.S. Gripsholm.

Map of the Swedish American Line Pier in New York with Reference Location of the M.S. Gripsholm. Swedish American Line Information for Passengers, 15 November 1952. GGA Image ID # 1eb90657f3

 

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Programs

 

First Class Farewell Dinner Menu Items and Music Program, M.S. Gripsholm, Thursday, 29 June 1950.

First Class Farewell Dinner Menu Items and Music Program, M.S. Gripsholm, Thursday, 29 June 1950. GGA Image ID # 1eb7b03379

 

Program for a Concert onboard the MS Gripsholm, Thursday, October 29, 1953, Featuring Coloratura Soprano Sylvia Aarnio.

1953-10-29 MS Gripsholm Concert Program

Program for a Concert onboard the MS Gripsholm, Thursday, October 29, 1953, Featuring Coloratura Soprano Sylvia Aarnio -- a Graduate of the Juilliard School of Music.

 

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Books

 

Front Cover, The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners, 1984.

The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners - 1984

Some 200 superb photographs—in long shots and close-ups—capture exquisite interiors of world's great "floating palaces"—1890s to 1980s: Titanic, Île de France, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Europa, more. Informative captions provide key details.

 

Front Cover, The First Great Ocean Liners in Photographs, 193 Views, 1897-1927.

The First Great Ocean Liners in Photographs - 1983

Sumptuous volume recalls the glorious early years of elegant transatlantic travel. Over 190 historic photographs depict exterior and interior views of 101 great ocean liners, including the Virginian, Imperator, Vaterland, Bismarck, Lusitania, Mauretania, Balmoral Castle, Titanic, Olympic, Aquitania and dozens more. Full captions.

 

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Photographs

 

Third Class Dining Room on the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line.

Third Class Dining Room on the SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line. GGA Image ID # 1eb8090b4b

 

SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line Docked at Pier.

SS Gripsholm of the Swedish American Line Docked at Pier. Mail Liners of the World, 1937. GGA Image ID # 1eb961578c

 

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Passenger Accommodation on the MS Gripsholm - 1925

Although some 600 first and second-class passengers can be carried, it is perhaps in the third-class passenger accommodation that the Gripsholm is most remarkable, for the cabins and public rooms in this part are on a scale that is seldom seen.

The first-class accommodation includes a regal suite and cabins de luxe. Many of the single and double-berth cabins are fitted with sofa berths to transform into double and three-berth staterooms when desired. The maximum number of first-class passengers that can be accommodated is 129.

In the second class, there are berths for 355, but here again, arrangements can be made for 482 passengers, while in the third class, there is accommodation for 1,006, giving a total in all of 1,617 passengers. The number of the crew is 320, so the vessel's total population can be 1,937.

On the boat deck are eleven officers' cabins, the engineers' smoking room (with an electric lift down to the engine room), and the wireless office. The music room and the library, reading, and writing room are on the "A" deck below, which provides a vast promenade space. Also located on this deck are a gymnasium, a smoking room, and a verandah café.

The bridge deck, or "B" deck, is below. On this is the regal suite, which consists of a sitting room, bedroom with two berths, bathroom, and luggage room, while on each side is a cabin de luxe with two beds, a private bathroom, and luggage room. There are twelve additional first-class staterooms with private baths. The second-class lounge, writing room, reading room, and smoking room are on this deck.

The decks below contain most of the accommodations, and on the "E" deck is the first-class dining saloon with small tables for 142 passengers. The second-class dining saloon located aft has small tables with a total seating capacity of 242. In the two large galleys, oil-fired ranges, electric baking ovens, and many other electric appliances are fitted.

There are five electrically driven lifts, one for the engineers, previously mentioned; a second serving as a store lift; a third for the pantry; a fourth utilized as a first-class and service lift, and the fifth a passenger elevator from the swimming pool balcony up to "A" deck.

On the boat deck are thirty lifeboats 30 feet long and two 30-foot motorboats carrying 16 sets of Welin davits. Four electrically driven worm gear boat winches have been provided to handle these craft.

Heating and ventilating of the passenger accommodation are on the thermotank principle, while electric heating apparatus is also provided in the first-class staterooms. The quarters for the officers, engineers, and crew are heated by steam.

"New Swedish Motor Passenger Liner Gripsholm: Passenger Accommodation," in Marine Engineering and Shipping Age, New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Company, Vol. XXX, No. 12, December 1925, p. 680.

 

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