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Chief Purser Evert Eriksson

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Evert Eriksson

The U.S. Merchant Marine ribbon bars on Evert Eriksson's jacket show that he served on the Gripsholm during WWII.

Evert Eriksson was born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1905. He obtained his Master's papers in 1930, prior to which he had rounded Cape Horn three times on a four masted sailing ship. Eriksson joined SAL in 1930 as a mate on the Kungsholm of 1928. In 1949 he became Chief Purser on the Stockholm, and in 1953 on the Kungsholm. He was most likely the only purser on an ocean liner who would also be able to take over and run the ship.

Eriksson was called The Singing Purser. He willingly entertained on board, and made a 78 rpm record singing the Kungsholm Song.

He married Ulla Gyllenstierna, a member of the Swedish nobility,who had served on the SAL ships. They had four daughters, one living in the US, the others in Sweden. Eriksson retired in 1967, remaining as popular as always. He passed away in 1978 and Ulla in 2003. (Thanks to Göran Claesson for this informatiion)

Evert Eriksson posing in a SAL folder.

Curt Dawe and Evert Eriksson.

Evert Eriksson with passenger and officer. Names to be added.

The Captain's Christmas Luncheon for his officers in 1970
on board the Gripsholm, somewhere in the Caribbean.

Former Chief Purser Evert G Eriksson and his wife
were passengers on this cruise.
Seated at the table, clockwise, from front:
Ship's Doctor Johannes Spotoft, Chief Officer Kjell Smitterberg
Evert G Eriksson (a.k.a. the Singing Purser),
Chief Enginer Åke Svensson,
Information Officer Carl-Gustav Kruse, Chef de cuisine Stig L Oscarsson,
Chief Purser Poul V. Lange, Mrs Eriksson - Ulla Gyllenstierna,
Captain Lars-Erik Granqvist, First Engineer Göte Hellberg

Going on Today
The Gripsholm's daily program sheet for the
Christmas West Indies Cruise, Dec 28, 1970
with a note of congratulation on
Evert G. Eriksson's birthday

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