SWEDISH AMERICAN LINE
Founded in 1915, Svenska Nord-Amerika Linien AB, later Swedish American Line (SAL) was a shipping company from Gothenburg, Sweden, owned by the Broström-family. SAL had operations with cruise- and cargo ships, almost all names of the ships ending with -HOLM.
In the beginning SAL was focused on Trans-Atlantic voyages between Gothenburg, Sweden and New-York, U.S.A, but later also started traditional cruising and even "Round the World" cruises were done. "Shuttle-traffic" in the Baltic Sea and around the Swedish coast was an important operation for SAL as that also worked as a feeding line for the Trans-Atlantic voyages with people coming from different parts of Europe to cross the Atlantic in search for new adventures.
Although SAL started out in 1915 with black hull and white superstructures on their ships, the color of the hull was changed to white at an early stage mainly because of temperature issues during the cruises in warmer climates.
SAL cruise ships came to be famous for their excellence at sea, and the ships were known all over the world as "The White Viking fleet". There was several ships with the same names over the years, and re-accuring names for the gems of the fleet were: STOCKHOLM, KUNGSHOLM, DROTTNINGHOLM and GRIPSHOLM.
All of the SAL ships had these things in common: Superior design and quality of the ships plus an outstanding world class Crew!
Unfortunately the former SAL halted operations, and closed down their cruise chapter in 1975..
Now, with SAL resurrected, it is up to us to continue the story! The first step is to build an all new HOLM ship, the KUNGSHOLM 5!
THE FLEET OF SWEDISH AMERICAN LINE
S/S STOCKHOLM (I)
S/S Stockholm was the first SAL ship, bought in 1915, from Holland America Line, formerly named the POTSDAM.
She carried 111,664 passengers across the Atlantic. In 1929 she retired from the SAL fleet and was sold to Norway.
Drottningholm was built in 1905 as the RMS Virginian, and purchased by SAL in 1920. She was almost totally rebuilt in 1923, and her hull painted white at a later stage. She had an long career under the SAL flag, and had many famous guest over the years like Greta Garbo and member of the Royal family among others.
M/S GRIPSHOLM (I)
The first newbuilt ship for SAL. The first ship with Diesel engines (M/S) in a time when everybody else were using steam turbines! The very first Cruise for SAL was done by the GRIPSHOLM in February of 1927 to the Mediterrainian from Gothenburg.
M/S KUNGSHOLM (II)
Second newbuild for SAL, sistership of the GRIPSHOLM and also Diesel engines. These two sisters were astonishing in design with the interiors having an very luxurious feel with Art-Deco finishing.
1941 (sold after delivery)
M/S STOCKHOLM (III)
After the destruction of STOCKHOLM II, the STOCKHOLM III was ordered from the same yard in Italy and some of the salvage parts from the destroyed STOCKHOLM II was used. As luck would have it, she was also never to operate under the SAL flag as upon completion in 1941 WW2 had started and the Italian governement bought her off SAL to be utilized as a troop ship.
M/S STOCKHOLM (IV)
Finally an new STOCKHOLM was delivered to SAL. This time the construction was done at Götaverken in Gothenburg, Sweden. She was smaller and more yacht-like, as SAL opted for smaller capacity upon pressure from the Airtravel industry over the Atlantic. She is still today in traffic, although heavily modified, only the hull and some deck doors remain from start.
M/S KUNGSHOLM (III)
After WW2 SAL had only aging ships and the smaller and not so luxurious STOCKHOLM IV, and so decided to build a grand new ship, the KUNGSHOLM III. She was very popular among the crew and passengers, and paved the way for the new and upcoming "White Viking Fleet" for years to come.
M/S GRIPSHOLM (II)
After the success of KUNGSHOLM III, SAL decided to order another ship from roughly the same design. The GRIPSHOLM was a perfect fleet mate, and remained in traffic for SAL until the end of operations in 1975.
M/S KUNGSHOLM (IV)
The final and biggest ship of the former SAL fleet is the KUNGSHOLM IV. The very best that SAL could offer, and famous around the world for being the most beautiful ship of all times. A timeless hull design by Claes Feder. After the shut-down of SAL cruise operations in 1975, she still operated the Seas for another 40 years and was scrapped at the end of 2015 at the beach of Alang, India.
eMS KUNGSHOLM 5
The story continues, finally a new member of the "White Viking Fleet" from Sweden!
KUNGSHOLM 5 will be developed with an very strong focus on Green-tech and design, in order to make her the most environmental friendly and beautiful ship in the world! A timeless Masterpiece, worthy of the name KUNGSHOLM!
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