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Johan Jarekull

Hyttnisse, Assistant Deck Steward

MS Gripsholm 1969
MS Kungsholm 1971 - 1974

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Johan Jarekull

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Traditional Swedish Saint Lucia choir, from the left: Johan Jarekull, Doris Lindgren, Mona Hamberg, “Babs” Svensson, Ninni Lund, unknown (nurse?), Ingrid Cardell (?), Mirjam Sunell (?), Håkan Askman, and Santa Claus alias Uffe Buhr.

Johan disguised as a clown at a party in the passengers’ sports room, here accompanied by Marlene Pekala and Heidi Broström and with his arms around a couple of passenger ladies. Photo: Johan Jarekull.

In another corner of the Sports room, same party, posing for a picture in the company of Dan Axel Broström, the Cruise manager Ronaldo Morton, and others.



Saint Lucia celebration at Chief Purser Curt Dawe’s table in the dining room.  The “star boy” to the left is Johan Jarekull and Tommy Stark is the one to the right. Photo: Johan Jarekull.


Hawaii style party 1973. Standing from the left, Kari Riutta, Lars Engelsson, unknown, Allan Persson, Herbert Baumann, Klas Öhman, Åke Sandahl. Kneeling from the left, unknown, Johan Jarekull, passenger lady. Unknown, Paul Steiner. Photo from Johan Jarekull’s collection.
Your Father’s Moustache in Greenwich Village, New York, was a popular banjo bar among crew members and officers of the SAL ships. Here’s a detail from an old postcard contributed by Hasse Gustafsson. 


Improvisational “Psychedelic” party in someone’s crew cabin 1973. From the left, Kjell Karlsson, Paul Steiner, Erkki Mikonnen, Gordon Myers, Johan Jarekull. Photo: courtesy of Bengan Pemar.



Singapore nightlife in legendary Boogey Street. From the left, unknown, Bengt Löfgren,
Johan Jarekull, Hannah Owen, Fredy Hansen. Photo: Johan Jarekull.



After signing off the Kungsholm in 1974 Johan relaxes in the company of a dog and drink, with innumerable memories from far-away places. Please note the SAL-sweatshirt. The dog belongs to Johan’s shipmate Bengt Löfgren. Photo: John Jarekull


After the Kungsholm years Johan acquired a taste for classic cars like this Mercedes Benz convertible. On this day Johan is taking his Kungsholm friend Åke Sandahl for an excursion somewhere. Photo from Åke Sandahl’s collection.

After the SAL closed operations in 1975 Johan has stayed in contact with a handful of his former shipmates from the Kungsholm. This summer cottage in the Swedish countryside has been the venue of small reunions forty years later.  Photo: Hasse Gustafsson.

Some of the Kungsholm friends at the mini-reunion in 2013. From left, former bartender Bengan Pemar, assistant deck steward Johan Jarekull, and wine steward Tommy Klang. Photo: Hasse Gustafsson.

The “Verandah Choir” rehearsing the Kungsholm Song in June 2015 before taking a “Vingasupen” – a shot of Linie Akvavit - like in the good old days… Standing from the left: Åke Sandahl, Peter Baumgardt, Jerry Jakobsson, Bengan Pemar, Hasse Gustafsson. On their knees: Johan Jarekull, Sten Hovne, Ove Pedersehn.  Photo: Hasse Gustafsson

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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
Equipped with a passport and my cash savings I took the train to Gothenburg. It was a sunny summer day in June and I went directly to Sjöfartshotellet (the “Seafarer’s Hotel”) to book myself a less expensive room. It happened that I had to share the room with a seasoned sailor, an old ruffian…

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