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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.

A Greeting from Hanna Owen

About SAL Posted on Feb 11, 2011 12:03:21

Lis Brokmose has been in touch with singer Hanna Owen,

and I have received the following messages from Hanna in Florida:

Hello from Hanna Owen-Toemmervik. Madelein (Lis B) told me that you sent a hello to me and I send one back to you. We live in Florida, so we are warmer than you are in New England. I am sorry your wife is having health problems, hopefully she will do well again soon…

…Gerrit VanTriest and I worked together for years even after we both moved to Florida, until about 2 years ago, when I could no longer reach him, his phone has been disconnected and no address given of a move, I am afraid of the worst, BUT I hope he has moved back to Holland ( without telling me which would be strange).

I am glad you and your wife are doing well, thank you for your e-mail and please keep in touch….


SAL Cocktails

About SAL Posted on Feb 11, 2011 09:02:57

David Leidenborg has found a cocktail menu from 1970, and has a question about two of the drinks on the list.

What is a Gripsholm Special for $0.40 and a Kungsholm Special for $0.55?

I know that a Whiskey Special was pure apple juice, and a Champagne Special was the non-alcoholic soft drink “Pommac”. These drinks were ordered by the ships’ officers who would have to attend 3-5 cocktail parties before dinner, every day.

But were the Gripsholm Special and the Kungsholm Special something else?