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This page lists a collection of links
to film clips showing the SAL ships.

Updated June 30, 2014

Gripsholm Videos from WWII

Per Tistrand, son of SAL's Personnel Manager Torkel Tistrand, maintains a Facebook group called **Svenska Amerika Linien**, where he has posted several links to videos of the Gripsholm from WWII.



Updated Feb 12, 2014

An Atlantic Crossing on the Kungsholm in 1954

The Swedish Film Archive has posted the classic SAL film from 1954, "Semester på Atlanten", showing Mr and Mrs Axberg's voyage across the sea on the Kungsholm of 1953. This film also exists in an English language version, but this is the Swedish version.

Many thanks to Hans "Hasse" Gustafsson for this link.

See the clip here.

Updated July 7, 2012

MS Stockholm of 1948 Delivered

"Anonymous" has informed us that British Pathe shows a newsreel of the Stockholm being delivered to SAL.

See the clip here.

Updated April 29, 2012

Film Showing the Gripsholm of 1925

The Swedish Film Institute has posted a film from 1925,
showing the new Gripsholm

See the film here.

Updated Aug 3, 2011

Several SAL Clips on Youtube

Go to youtube.com and you will find many video clips relating to the Swedish American Line. By searching for the combination Kungsholm Mona Lisa, you will find clips bout the Mona Lisa. Continue to search for Kungsholm, Gripsholm, Stockholm and Drottningholm, and you will find a treasure of film clips.

Updated Sep 14, 2009


Greta Garbo made her first voyage to the USA on the Drottningholm in 1925. See her depart from Gothenburg after a brief visit to Sweden in 1929.

Updated Sep 14, 2009


See Greta Garbo arrive in Gothenburg on the beautiful Kungsholm, June 13, 1935.


Updated Sep 14, 2009

The Kungsholm Song

Listen to an old 78 rpm recording of the Kungsholm Song (also called the Gripholm Song by some). Actually the original title is "See The Sun".

The Kungsholm Song was written by a passenger in the thirties, and became the ship's official song, sung at the Farewell Dinners.


Updated Sep 14, 2009

The Gripsholm arriving in New York in 1943

This clip from Youtube shows the Gripsholm arriving in New York City in 1943 with American citizens from the Far East.

Read more about the Gripsholm's and Drottningholm's Exchange and Repatriation voyages here.

Updated Sep 14, 2009

Olympic Athletes Return to Sweden
on the Drottningholm in 1932

Swedish athletes return from the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles on the Drottningholm.


Gripsholm in NYC in 1944

Watch a video of the Gripsholm as a repatriation ship,
arriving in New York in 1944

The Gripsholm appears in the second part of the newsreel, from the US National Archives.

Drottningholm arriving in NYC in 1942

See a "March of Time" film cliip, showing Drottningholm arriving in US in 1942 with diplomatic officers leaving Axis nations. The link connects to the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Many thanks to Susan Pentlin for this tip. Please note that you can view the clip in full screen mode by a right-button click on the film clip, and choosing zoom.


Drottningholm in NYC in 1940

See a film clip of the Drottningholm arriving in NY Harbor in 1940. The ship carried Rabbi Joseph I. Schneersohn (1880-1950), the Lubavitcher Rebbe, to freedom from war torn Europe. The film clip is from Lubavitch archives. Many thanks to David Shatz for contributing this link.

Read more about all the exchange and repatriation sailings during WWII here.


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