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Kjell Smitterberg
Commander

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Captain Kjell Smitterberg,
commander on the Gripsholm and Kungsholm 1972-1975,
and on the Lindblad Explorer 1976-1977 (among other ships).

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The Kungsholm and the Gripsholm at the same dock in Yokohama 1973.
Photo: Kjell Smitterberg.


Drama on the North Atlantic in 1974. A Scottish boatsman in coma with bleeding ulcer was brought onboard the Gripsholm for surgery. A lifeboat carries the patient and and a suitcase with his belongings across from the other ship. Arriving to board the Gripsholm a crew member tries to catch a sling in the dark with a boathook.


The patient John McIntosh recovered quickly after a successful life-or-death surgery by Dr. Liedberg, to the right.


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The logbook of the Gripsholm tells about the dramatic incident in great detail, including a nightly emergency bombing of blood suspension to the Gripsholm by an aircraft from the US Coast Guard.


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Upon a happy ending of the nocturnal rescue operation the Gripsholm rescue team celebrates with a piece of cake. Commander Kjell Smitterberg with Dr. Nils Liedberg and his nurses have good reasons to smile at the camera.

After a long night’s shift in the surgery theatre it feels good to catch some sunlight again. Dr. Liedberg in the front, resting his arm after a tough night with scalpel and suture. Kjell to the left is giving some orders over the ship’s telephone. The officer to the right is Chief Officer Alf Siljehed.


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