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A Tribute to the Swedish American Line
Hyttnisse, Assistant Deck Steward
MS Gripsholm 1969
MS Kungsholm 1971 - 1974
(3 pages in total)
I come from Örebro, three hours drive west of Stockholm, where I grew up and where I live today. My original birth place was Gothenburg but my father got a good job offer in Örebro, so we moved there when I was very young. The school start excited me as a child. Throughout the elementary and high school we were four boys that stuck together all the time as a gang of brothers. In senior high school we went separate ways however. My family and I moved to Karlstad where I got a high school diploma in business administration.
After graduation I was terribly tired of school, irresolute about the future and I wanted to leave home. By coincidence I found out there was a seamen’s employment agency in town. I went there and reported my interest. After a medical examination and various immunization shots I went to a photographer to get a passport size photo for my Seamen’s Shipping Book. I was instructed to await a call-up from Gothenburg. As I hadn’t told my parents anything about my plans they got mighty surprised when suddenly I received a letter from the seamen’s employment agency calling me in for a certain date…!
My first job at sea
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