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The website was started in 1998, when my sons and I needed some kind of activity during a rainy summer week. Since then the website has developed into a huge portal and resource about an important part of 20th century shipping and Swedish corporate history. The site also plays a central part in my interest in the Swedish - American heritage.

Från livbåt till flytande palats

About SAL Posted on Feb 21, 2014 13:44:47

Dagar då livet förändras

Thoughts in general Posted on Nov 28, 2012 20:22:40

HMS Bounty and Mayflower II

Thoughts in general Posted on Nov 28, 2012 15:00:55

HMS Bounty, built in 1962, was a replica of the famous mutiny ship HMS Bounty from 1789. The ship was used for tours, and was featured in movies. During hurricane Sandy earlier this autumn, the crew had to abandon ship and regretfully two crew members were lost at sea as the ship sank. The HMS Bounty visited Stockholm in July 2011, when Rolf Apelquist took this photo above.

A seagoing replica of a famous 17th century ship still exists, the Mayflower II, which offers tours near Plymouth Rock, MA, USA. This photo shows Lars and Kathryn Hemingstam in front of the Mayflower II, at Plymouth, MA.

Midsummer 2012 in New York City

Thoughts in general Posted on May 04, 2012 17:55:49

Swedish Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 22, 5-8 pm, Wagner Park, Battery Park

Decorate the maypole and learn
folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdancers of New York.
Enjoy a parade, children’s games and Swedish delicacies.

Note: In accordance with New
York City law, alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the parks. Swedish
Midsummer Festival is co-sponsored by The Consulate General of Sweden, New

Fredagen den 22 juni kommer det traditionsenliga midsommarfirandet att äga
rum i Battery Park City på Manhattans södra spets. Vuxna och barn i alla åldrar
inbjuds då till parken för att klä midsommarstången, binda blomsterkransar,
leka, dansa, eller bara avnjuta en stund i gräset.

Flera av New Yorks bästa svenska restauranger kommer
att finnas på plats för att servera traditionella svenska

Lindsborg video

Thoughts in general Posted on May 04, 2012 17:24:29

Lindsborg, Kansas, has created a new video about their town and the Swedish heritage.

Find passenger lists

About SAL Posted on Jul 10, 2011 17:39:15

I often receive emails from persons who are looking for passenger lists from their relatives’ Atlantic crossings on board the ships of the Swedish American Line.

Of course I had heard of, but I had no idea of the amount of amazing and invaluable information that can be found within seconds. In June this year, I subscribed to the World Deluxe membership and found passenger lists, crew lists, birth and death records, from both the USA and Sweden. performs the search for you if you know a name, a year, and a place..

From now on, I am going to recommend as the best and easiest gateway to historical documents about your ancestors.

Try here.

Festivities in Lindsborg, Kansas

Thoughts in general Posted on Jun 05, 2011 15:12:02

The very active Lindsborg Convention and Tourist Bureau, always working to preserve the Swedish heritage, informs about the Midsummer festivities there on June 17-18 and the Svensk Hyllningsfest in October. Read more here and on Facebook.

Midsummer in NYC

Thoughts in general Posted on Jun 05, 2011 15:03:04

The Consulate General of Sweden in New York informs about the Midsummer Festival in Battery Park on June 24. Read more here.

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