A Tribute to the Swedish American Line
The White Viking Fleet - 100 Year Anniversary 2015
25 Years on the Internet


The Aft Link Library
The SWEDISH AMERICAN LINE, Genealogy, and Maritime History

Båtologen Magazine, Sweden, Nos. 3 and 4, 1992, SAL Fleetlist Feature by Thomas Johannesson.
De Flytande Palatsen, The White Viking Fleet, by Algot Mattsson, Tre Böcker, Sweden, 1987. ISBN 9185414174
Golden Age of Shipping, Robert Gardiner and Ambrose Greenway, Brasseys, U.K. Ltd, 1994
Great Passenger Ships of the World, by Arnold Kludas, Patrick Stephens, Cambridge.
North Atlantic Seaway, by N R P Bonsor, Brookside Publications, Jersey 1980.
Vägen mot väster, by Algot Mattsson, Askild & Kärnekull, Sweden, 1982. ISBN 9158203745

Visit the Ellis Island Wall of Honor.

The Maritime Museum of Gothenburg

Other sites with information about SAL:s ships
The purpose of this site is primarly to describe the culture and people on board the "White Viking Fleet" - the emigrants, the tourists, and the business travelers who crossed the stormy North Atlantic to reach America, - and the cruise members, sailing smoothly from port to port in a world of luxury, many of them coming back for a new cruise, time and time again, - and, of course the crew, who worked and lived on the ships for months and years, regarding them as their homes.
For more detailed technical information regarding the ships, however, we recommend the following fine sites:
Kommandobryggan, which also features a fleetlist and photos of SAL's freighters,
The Great Ocean Liners,
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Updated Feb 12, 2010

Highly Recommended Sites

The following sites are treasure troves for afficionados of ocean liners, cruise ships and maritime history:

Maritime Matters

The Great Ocean Liners

Cruising The Past

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SAL Ships
Ake Forsell's SAL Pages http://www.bonetweb.com/akefo/akefo/sal/index.html
Morgan Lundberg's SAL Pages


The Kungsholm
The Kungsholm of 1966 as the Mona Lisa http://www.lord-nelson-seereisen.de/
The Gripsholm
Gert Pedersen's Gripsholm page http://gripsholm68.tripod.com
The Stockholm (& Andrea Doria)
Royal Regals http://www.bryking.com/oceanliners/ships.html
Andrea Doria - Tragedy at sea http://www.andreadoria.org/
The collision from the viewpoint of a crew member on the Stockholm http://www.oceanliner.org/johnson.htm
Radio News http://www.otr.com/andrea.html
Postal Services on Board
Philately site http://www.asis.com/~edenson/sweabroad.html#cruise
Cabin Class Collectibles http://www.cabinclass.com/
New Steamship Consultants http://www.oceanliner.com/
Simplon Postcards http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/
Maritime Links
The Maritime Museum, Göteborg
Port of Göteborg http://www.portgot.se
The National Maritime Museum, Stockholm
Sjöhistoriska Muséet
Port of Stockholm, in Swedish
Stockholms Hamnar
The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich http://www.nmm.ac.uk/
Maritime Matters http://www.maritimematters.com
The Great Ocean Liners http://www.greatoceanliners.com
The unofficial Holland-America Line home page http://www.unofficial.net/hal/
SS America http://www.ss-australis.com/index.htm
Queen Mary Photo Page http://hull534.freeshell.org/
Shippax Cruise and Ferry Info www.shippax.se
Sjösidan, sidan för och av sjöfolk http://www.sjosidan.dk/
Handelsflottans kultur- och fritidsråd
Svensk Sjöfartstidning



Swedish Emigration to America & Genealogy
The Swedish Emigrant Institute http://www.utvandrarnashus.se/
The American Swedish Historical Museum http://www.americanswedish.org/
The American Swedish Institute http://www.americanswedishinst.org/
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center http://www.augustana.edu/x13856.xml
Swedish Emigration to America http://www.americanwest.com/swedemigr/pages/emigra.htm
Immigration History Research Center
at the University of Minnesota
Swedish Federation of Genealogical Societies http://www.genealogi.se/roots/
Immigrant and Passenger Arrivals http://www.archives.gov/
Ships, Passenger Lists & Immigration http://www.CyndisList.com/ships.htm
Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild http://istg.rootsweb.com
Passenger List/Manifest Search Tool http://www.cimorelli.com
Links to Swedish Emigrants & Organizations
Swedish Council Of America http://www.swedishcouncil.org/
Vasa Order of America http://www.vasaorder.com/
Vasa Orden av Amerika (svensk) http://www.vasaorden.com/index.htm
Nordstjernan, The Swedish American Newspaper http://www.nordstjernan.com/
Carl Eric Wickman, founder of Greyhound Lines http://www.greyhound.com/home/en/About/HistoricalTimeline.aspx
Eli Lilly, founder of Eli Lilly and Company
Called Eli Lilly after his great grandfather Elias Lilja who emigrated from Sweden.
John W Nordstrom http://about.nordstrom.com/aboutus/companyhist/companyhist.asp
The Swedish American Society of Tidewater http://members.tripod.com/~SweAmer/
John Carl Nelson http://www.jsenterprises.com/john/
The Little Swedish Church in Minnesota http://hem1.passagen.se/troskv1/CHRISTD.HTM
Swedish Information Service in NYC http://www.swedenabroad.com/pages/start____7928.asp
Lots of links here, too http://www.americanwest.com/swedemigr/pages/emigra.htm
Some Other Very Useful Links
Links at the Royal Library, Stockholm, Sweden http://www.kb.se
HistoryNet http://www.thehistorynet.com/
How Stuff Works http://www.howstuffworks.com/
Länkskafferiet http://lankskafferiet.skolutveckling.se/



March 05
Kjell Smitterberg

Claes Feder
Architect &
Ship Designer

C-O Claesson
On the Bridge
Maurits and Anna-Greta Lindblad
Ship's Doctor and Nurse
Nils Haggård
Gripsholm and Kungsholm
Third Officer Inter

Lars Helmer
Second Engineer
Göran Forsén
3rd Engineer
Leif Vickberg Officer's Apprentice
About SAL
& SAL Timeline
About Us
Life as a Crew Member
Torsten Torstensson's webpage about the Swedish American Line   Exchange and
Repatriation Voyages
During WWII
Rune Dahlstrand
Gripsholm Barber
During WWII

Torkel Tistrand
Sea Personnel Manager
Sune Edensvärd Chief Radio Officer Bridge & Crew Page


Curt Dawe
Chief Purser
Carl-Gustav Kruse
Chief Purser
Hugo Bilén
Chief Purser
Evert Eriksson
Chief Purser
Poul V Lange
Chief Purser
Lennart Angelmo
Second Purser
Jörgen Areskough
Second Purser
Ingvar Torstensson
Second Purser
T Odenlund Cashier L-E Jansson
Information Officer
Asko Salkola
Purser's Office
Pier 97,
New York
The SAL Office in New York The SAL Office in
David Chisling
Cruise Staff
Hanna Owen
Anita Poli Olsson
NK Shop
Anthony Bloomfield
The Entertainers
Dining Room Menues   Stig Lundgren
Chief Steward
Gerhard Kummer
Chief Steward
C-G Quant
Chief Steward
Volker Roloff
Chief Steward
Ingwar Gemzell & Rolf Mayer


Karl-Gunnar Johansson

Karl-Gösta Ekblad
”Kalle TÃ¥rta”Baker,
Col Buffet Manager

Franz Havranek
Wine Steward
Juan Martinez
Patrick Zeller
Gustav Weber Petterson

Otto Friedrich, Cabin Steward

Lars Warlin
Assistant Waiter
Tommy Stark
Deck Waiter
Hans "Hasse" Gustafsson
Deck Waiter
C-G Edhardt
Deck Steward
Johan Jarekull
Hyttnisse, Assistant Deck Steward
HÃ¥kan Askman
Deck Steward
Björn Wallde
Crew member
Claes Lindstrom
Crew membe
B-G Nilson
and the
SAL Freighters
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Passenger in the Post-SAL Era

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