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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)
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Singapore nightlife in legendary Boogey Street. From the left, unknown, Bengt Löfgren,
Johan Jarekull, Hannah Owen, Fredy Hansen. Photo: Johan 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
On the Bridge
Maurits and Anna-Greta Lindblad
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Leif Vickberg Officer's Apprentice About SAL
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Sea Personnel Manager
Bridge & Crew Page Reunions Curt Dawe
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T Odenlund Cashier L-E Jansson
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Anita Poli Olsson
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Ingwar Gemzell & Rolf Mayer
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Hans "Hasse" Gustafsson
Hyttnisse, Assistant Deck Steward
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Family, Gripsholm and
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Passenger in the Post-SAL Era
More than 250 web pages developed and maintained by Lars Hemingstam ©1998-2019
Hasse Gustafsson and Tommy Stark have interviewed crew members and contributed many of the stories.
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