Swedish American Line, 
Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

m/v  GRIPSHOLM  (I)

Off.nr: 7236 Build: 1925 Shipyard: W. G. Armstrong, Whitwort & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K. # 999
Dwt: 9.000 Grt: 17.944 Dim: 168,5 x 22,7 x 11,5 m.
Speed: 16 knots   Pass: 1-class: 129, 2-class: 482, 3-class: 1.006
Build for Svenska Amerika Linien (Swedish America Line), Gothenburg, Sweden as GRIPSHOLM.
21/11 1925: Made her first voyage Gothenburg - New York as the first diesel engined transatlantic liner.
Febr. 1927: Made her first extensive cruise to the Mediterranean and made an annual cruise to South America.
March 1942 - March 1946: Chartered by the United States Government at a cost of $17000 a day and served as Red Cross repatriation ship during the WW II.
After the war she carried Japanese, Germans and Italians to their homeland and repatrieted allies on her return trips while under the office of the International Red Cross. During this extensive duty of repatriation she carried over 27000 people and covered over 120000 miles which made her the most well-known mercy ship of the war
March 1946: Resumed passenger service.
1949: Refitted at Kiel with new funnels and "soft nose".(Tonnage changed to Dwt: 9.410, Grt: 19.105.)
18/7 1952: Rescued 45 persons from the burning Norwegian freighter BLACK HAWK 75 miles of New York
29/12 1953: Commenced her last voyage under Swedish flag from Gothenburg to New York.
Jan.1954: Sold to Bremen Amerika Linien (50% ownership) Svenska Amerika Linien (50% ownership), West Germany
Jan. 1955: Sold to North German Lloyd (100% ownership), W. Germany and renamed BERLIN.
1958: Transferred to Norddeutscher Lloyd, West Germany.
Oct.1966: Sold to breakers in La Spezia, Italy.

(After rebuilding 1949)

(After rebuilding 1949)