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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.

Omdöme om min bok

Thoughts in general Posted on Mar 17, 2011 07:40:54

Katarina Thunell har skrivit ett omdöme om “Dagar då livet förändras” i sin blogg.

An American Road Trip in 1954

About SAL Posted on Mar 17, 2011 07:34:20

My father was a member of a Swedish Men’s Choir which made a two month tour of the USA in 1954, leaving Sweden on August 25 and returning on October 22. Such a long non-profit tour involving 40 middle aged men, leaving their jobs and families, mostly paying their way themselves, or through contributions along the tour, would be difficult to repeat today.

The choir made the westbound crossing on the Gripsholm of 1925 and the eastbound crossing on the Kungsholm of1953. I have now made seven web pages about the tour. The Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lindsborg, Kansas, has posted a link to the pages on their facebook page.

Lindsborg keeps the Swedish heritage alive. Click on their “like” button on facebook!

See the web pages about the road trip here.

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?

Lots of new information

About SAL Posted on Feb 02, 2011 15:14:20

I am now back in Sweden after three months in the USA. There are a lot of exciting photos and stories about SAL waiting to be posted on, among them a great contribution containing pictures from the Gripsholm in the 1930’s. It will all be posted in the days and weeks to come. Be sure to look in often!


Ny bok

Thoughts in general Posted on Dec 01, 2010 19:52:51

Dagar då livet förändras

En pastorsfamiljs berättelse om kärlek, framgång och brustna drömmar.

Boken om min familj är nu klar och finns till försäljning. På ca 80 sidor (av bokens 306 sidor) beskrivs bl a våra tre år som svenska immigranter i USA 1957-60, samt min fars och familjens resor över Atlanten med SAL.

På 1930-talet möter en ung pastorselev en lika ung fotoelev. De har hem­liga träffar innan de gifter sig 1937. De får tre barn. År 1957 reser fam­ilj­en till Amerika och får under ett kort ögonblick uppleva den amerikanska dröm­­m­en, innan en stor tragedi inträffar.

Det här är berättelsen om en pastors­familj på 1900-talet. Det är också en berättelse om Sverige ur ett sällan skildrat perspektiv.

Lars Hemingstam har skapat den här boken om sina föräldrar, Ruth och Tage Hemingstam. Jonseredssonen Tage Hemingstam var pastor inom Svenska Mis­sio­ns­­för­bun­det, från 1930-talet fram till 1970-talet.

Berättelsen bygger på 200 brev, barnens dagboksanteckningar, tid­nings­ar­tik­­lar, referenslitteratur och intervjuer med släktingar och vänner. Här finns en hel del hembygdsskildringar, främst från Sund­byberg, men också från Söder­­hamn, Sydskåne och Göteborgs­trakten.

306 sidor. Pris mjukband: 269:-.

Boken finns till försäljning hos Books On Demand.

Rebels and Redcoats

Thoughts in general Posted on Nov 01, 2010 17:22:07

Two rebels. A vigilant member of the Lexington Militia and webmaster Lars Hemingstam on Lexington Green, MA, one of the sites where the American Revolution started in 1775.

A Redcoat on guard at the North Bridge in Concord, MA, where the first shot of the revolution was fired. “The shot thas was heard around the world”.

The Kingdom of Sweden was one of the very first countries to recognize the new nation after the signing of The Declaration Of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Kungsholm in the Persian Gulf

About SAL Posted on Nov 01, 2010 17:04:02

The efforts to save the Kungsholm as a floating hotel in Gothenburg or Stockholm did not succeed. Still, many thanks to Mr Lars G Hallgren for all his work during the last four years, at great expense, to save the Kungsholm!

The ship has been purchased by a group of investors, to be converted in Oman for $30M into a hotel with 250 luxury cabins, intended to be placed in the Persian Gulf.

Source: The “Save the Kungsholm” group on Facebook.

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