The Swedish American Line was formed in 1914 to run passenger and cargo services between
Gothenburg and New York. It was greatly assisted by Sweden's neutrality during the First World
War when Germany's shipping services ceased. Services continued, but gradually decreased in the
1960's due to the rise in air travel. By 1970 the company concentrated mostly on cruising and in
1975 their last two ships were sold and Swedish America Line disappeared as passenger ship
Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The
following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive
list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about
a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (on-site)
ot the Immigrant
Ship web site.
- Gothenburg - New York
- Some calls also made at Liverpool, Havre, Oslo, Copenhagen, Bremen, Southampton,
Cherbourg and Halifax.
Buff funnel with blue ball containing three gold
||Years in Service
||ex- Virginian, 1920 purchased from Canadian
Pacific and renamed Drottningholm, 1948 sold to Home
||1954 sold to Bremen-Amerika Line, 1955 renamed
||1974 sold to Karageorgis Lines, Greece, renamed
||ex- Noordam, 1923-1926 chartered from Holland
America Line and renamed Kungsholm, 1926 reverted to Holland America
||1941 sold to US Government as troopship John
Ericsson, 1947 repurchased by Swedish American Line, 1948
sold to Home Lines, renamed Italia.
||1965 sold to North German Lloyd, renamed Europa.
||1975 sold to Flagship Cruises, Liberia, 1978 became Sea
Princess (P&O Line)
||ex- Potsdam, 1915 purchased from Holland
America Line and renamed Stockholm, 1929 sold to Norway, renamed
Solglimt and became whale factory ship.
||1938 launched but destroyed by fire before completion at
||never sailed for Swedish American Line but taken
over by Italy as troopship, renamed Sabaudia and bombed and
sunk 1944 by British planes at Trieste.
||1956 collided with and sank Andrea Doria, 1960 sold to
East Germany, renamed Volkerfreundschaft (cruising liner).
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